This week has been my first foray into goldsmithing, and it is a different world. I like silver because I’m ghostly pale and gold just seems to make that situation highlighted, but why should I argue with thousands of years of evidence of the superiority of certain minerals?
The only way I let gold creep into my work before was Kumboo; a Korean technique to burnish 24k gold foil onto fine silver under low, controlled heat.
So, I ordered some gold wire to put some color into my work, and it’s a different world. Suddenly I find myself highly aware how much each inch of gold costs…almost $10.00, it’s definitely made using the torch more exciting. I decided I’m going to have an attitude about “gold fill” and remain a purist. And that having it cast would be cheating 😉