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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I just got off the phone with
Some reports have come in that 950palladium is proving difficult to rhodium plate. What happens is a sizing is done with solder that leaves a gray line. This is a good reason to get solders made for 950 palladium. Like our PD-E here at PMWest.
The reported problems have been a cloudy look to the rhodium. Not wanting to let something like this go unsolved, I called my best connection in the plating world-
I have received the sample ring back and it looks great.
Soon (today I hope) I will talk to
Kraftwerks is this weekend. its your best chance to get to see and work with 950 palladium.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
As the Palladium experience blog gets started, please keep in mind that the blog is set up as a place for users to send us reports of how it’s going out there. We hope to interview major players in the market for hints about what’s to come.
Of course to avoid blog spamming all posts go through me. I assure you posts will all be included short of way off topic or hostile. Later as we develop some regular contributors we will assign them passkeys.
I want to mention that one of the demonstrations at Kraftwerks is all about fabricating with palladium. Rob Fainberg, one of the early fans of Alabaster Pd will be working at the bench for us at Kraftwerks. The dates are September 30th and October 1st, 2006.
This is your best chance to see palladium be worked on and to have a chance to work with it yourself before the next shows. If you want to work it sooner, you'll have to buy some.
If you know of an event featuring palladium, just let me know.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
A common question-How should I stamp or "hallmark" palladium jewelry?
The FTC guidelines about palladium are intended for use with platinum, and might be out of context for use. However, Pd and Pall are commonly recognized abbreviations for palladium. There is no minimum palladium content guideline from the FTC. To my knowledge all the new palladium jewelry is 950Pd or more.
According to a recent article in the MJSA Journal PAI is working on a guideline from the FTC. What we suggest for now is to stamp all palladium jewelry either 950Pd or 950PALL.
This will avoid any confusion on the part of the jeweler or the consumer.
The human eye is different than a labratory. that's why we have them. With a very high polish palladium and platinum look very similar or perhaps the same. Not identical to my eye, but very close. To another persons eye the palladium may look better.
Better, not "whiter" is what sells jewelry now isn't it?
The blog for users of palladium for making jewelry. we provide a place where jewelers can post their questions and answers to one another. In conjunction with 950pd.com (and more alliances to follow later) we hope to help jewelers know what they need to as palladium jewelry begins to sell through the American market. we will publish technical specifications for alloys such as suggested casting temperatures and annealing instructions.