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Old 2007-05-31, 6:41pm
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What is the lowest karat of gold that can be used for fuming?
Can it be old jewelry?
Can you use/has anyone tried white gold?

I had more...but didn't write them down and forgot about them for the past two hours. Will add them if I remember.
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Old 2007-05-31, 8:28pm
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I don't fume, but it's my understanding that it has to be 22-24K gold to fume. Old Jewelry is seldom that pure because it would be way too soft. If memory serves me correct, white gold doesn't have a high enough gold content - but I could be wrong (it's been 20 years since I worked for a jewelry manufacturer). I'm sure those that do it will let us know. It's been something that I've been wanting to try, but have way too many other things I want to do to get around to them all.
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Old 2007-05-31, 10:41pm
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I use 24k. Some swear by 22k. I purchased a gold 24k chain from a dealer for scrap price. It is hard to find 24k. All jewelery made in US is 22k or less. 24k is too soft or something like that. The jeweler had some chain that was made overseas that was 24k. There is generally a tiny tag near the clasp that has the purity stamped on it,
I just cut off a few links, put it on my fume rod and go to town.
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Old 2007-05-31, 10:42pm
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White gold is usually 14kkt.
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Old 2007-06-01, 8:49am
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white gold is usually 14K, true, but the remainder of the alloy is silver-as far as I know. I'm not a jeweler, I could be wrong, LOL.

Many alloys of gold (especially higher carats) are gold, palladium, silver, and/or copper or platinum. I know you can fume with silver and gold, what about with the other metals?

You could look up common alloys of gold and see what's used, too.
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