Give brass a go.
It's not so hard to work. I use a jewellers saw with blades from a jewellers suppliers that are very fine. Size '0' to '2' Buy plenty as they break quite easily. Needle files, fine 6" file.
A good soldering iron is essential, 40 watt is usually enough. 25 watt ones for fine detail, but not essential. I prefer to have a chisel point on one end of the 'bit' and a point on the other. Just make sure that the iron has cooled before changing ends. Ouch!!!
Paste flux on both surfaces and make sure they are very clean.
Not to much solder or you will make blobs as it cools to rapidly.
Nice to have a lathe but I use a big electric drill in the vice for turning using a selection of files for shapping. Don't buy K&S rod it is to "hard" to turn. Elecrtical wholesalers can supply some sizes that are used for 'Earths' which I have found to be much "Softer"