How Do You Do That: Gold

In this pic, the gold I will refer to is fused around the stones and on the border of the punch outs.

OK...I've explained that I started this blog in part to highlight what I thought were wastes of time in production and inefficient practices. The most frustrating issue to me is the application of Gold (Aura 22) to a piece. This topic seems to get way too much air-time on the metal-clay groups and when the answers come in I wonder why everyone is making it so darned time consuming and difficult.

Here's what I do:
  1. Fresh from the kiln, apply 3 thin layers of Aura 22 with about 20 mins drying time in between.
  2. When completely dry, heat the piece with a butane torch until the gold "flashes" bright orange. This takes about 20 seconds.
  3. Stop heating, burnish...don't know if this makes a diff, but I do it.
  4. You're DONE!

If you read other directions they will say to apply a layer of PMC paste first, and some will even say to hold the orange glow for 7 minutes. Personally, I like the 20 second method:)

This method has NEVER failed me. Just yesterday a woman returned a pendant and a pair of earrings to me for cleaning. She has owned these pieces for 1 1/2 years, and has worn them in the shower, in the hot-tub...etc., etc...all kinds of abuse. Anyway, the gold is still as fresh on there as the day it was fused...absolutely no chipping off or wearing away. The only thing that's finally wearing off is the antiquing.

I'm sure to be stepping on some toes here, but if you want to spend 3 or 4 times as long doing something, go for it:)

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