How to Fuse Gold – No solder needed!
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between soldering and fusing, the short answer is one technique uses solder and one doesn’t.
Fusing gold or silver can be done by heating two pieces of metal to the melting point.
At the point where they both start to melt the flame from the torch is then removed. If both gold or silver pieces of metal reach the melting point at the same time they will fuse together.
The trick to fusing is to use a very hot flame and quickly heat a small portion of the metal at the same time keeping the rest of the metal slightly cooler than the melting point.
This video walks you through the process of fusing gold but it could be done with other metals such as silver or platinum.
Fusing is similar to soldering in that they both will connect metal with the heat of a torch.
I am using a Smith mini torch with oxygen and propane. I’ve put a tool list up for everything that you will need for a torch set up.
As always use all precautions when working with a torch and other tools. Wear eye protection and always have a clean work area free of flammable items, AKA towels, paper, dust, etc.
If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.