The price of gold is at an all time high ... $1,855. today! But, with the invention of Aura 22, I can still play with gold and not have heart palpitations if I make a little mistake! My cousin commissioned me to create a necklace for her thirteen year old daughter, who saw the crystal druzy and fell in love but wanted my PK touch with it. I finally found a moment to get my act together and finish it. I made a few pieces, along with the custom order, so I could practice my guilding. I made the extra tear drops in case the custom one didn't come out right... luckily they all came through with flying colors.
The process is fairly easy. You make your fine silver metal clay piece, fire it like normal, then without touching it or polishing it, you paint several thin layers (I did four layers) of the liquid 22k gold clay paste. The liquid gold has a small percentage of silver clay mixed in so it will fuse with the metal clay piece. So, after applying the gold, it goes back in the kiln at only 850 degrees for 15 minutes (or you can fire it with a torch). The first time I used it, I had a difficult time as the clay didn't want to stick to the silver after firing.... it flaked off while I burnished/polished it. I read that it sticks better if you take it out of the kiln while still warm (but NOT hot) so I tried that approach. Seems to have worked! Though from the first try, I learned not to polish with a polishing pad with any grit or it will rub the gold off. Best to use a burnisher. I haven't tried the tumbler yet.
The first photo show the teardrop metal clay pendant without any oxidation. The whiter area is the silver without the gold overlay. The following photo shows the same teardrops as earring WITH oxidation.... a completely different look. The last photo is a fine silver metal clay pendant with Aura 22 gold painted only on the granulation and floral detail, then oxidized.
This symbolizes the purity of the spiritual aspect of "All That Is". It is symbolic of spiritual development in the realm of complete understanding, allowing one to both attain and maintain communion with the source of all being. It emits an energy to prompt one to allow beauty to come forth from the inner being as one travels through the world of experiences. It assists one to activate, to mobilize and to actualize the intrinsic potential of the self. The energy of gold can assist one in the elimination of ego conflicts and feelings of futility. It balances the heart chakra and amplifies thought forms. Gold has been used to open the third-eye and is an excellent mineral for purification of the physical body.
"PURE GOLD DOES NOT FEAR FURNACE."
~ Chinese Proverb ~