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How can I make a 3mm 14k gold ball?
lcottone - Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 5:07pmJewelry ball | BEAD | Gold | metalsmithing
I would like to adorn one of my jewelry pieces with a 3mm 14k gold ball (with no holes), however, I can't seem to find such an item to purchase, so I thought I would create my own from gold wire, chips or grain. As I only have experience soldering with silver, and gold is an expensive commodity to 'practice' with these days, I thought it would be prudent to ask for advice from others.
If I heat 14k gold to its melting point, will it ball up like fine silver or does it behave differently? Do I have to treat it differently than I would silver, in terms of flux, etc.?
Thank you to anyone who can offer me some good advice.