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    Default DIY Gold solder

    Hi,

    I have 20g of scrap 9ct gold, and want to try to make a chain, I'm thinking about solder and was thinking to make my own.

    Can I use some of the 9ct scrap I have and add some zinc? Would that work? Or is it a bit more complex than that?

    Thanks

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    There's really no point. If you buy some solder by the cm in the form of wire. you can spend a very modest amount on solder which will actually work well.
    Please note that when soldering red, or rose gold, the heat will turn it a little more yellow. Dennis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    There's really no point. If you buy some solder by the cm in the form of wire. you can spend a very modest amount on solder which will actually work well.
    Please note that when soldering red, or rose gold, the heat will turn it a little more yellow. Dennis.
    Yea, I get that, but just interested in trying to make some for gold and silver... or paste even!

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    As aid above it is not really practical, your scrap Gold would have more value as Gold than turning it into solder in saying I have a formula, I have never tried it and the person who gave it to me has long since passed.
    Silver 55%,Copper 40%, Zinc%, this makes base Solder, you then mix 60% of what ever Karat Gold you want with 40% of the base Solder.

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    Ok had lots of trouble trying to post won't let me delete the duplicates can the Guru (Peter) delete the two extra posts

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    You've made your point x3 Bob. What remains unsaid is that even if you dont hallmark, it is as well to end up with hallmarking quality solder.
    Dennis.

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    Yes Dennis I agree I was just passing on a formula I was given, ( probably from the 1940's ) I would not do it as I said scrap Gold has more value to me than using it to make Solder, just though if he /she wished to have a go. X3 yes don't know what went astray kept rejecting my post then all of sudden there were three of them.

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