Hi Peter. I’ll ask you some more questions, if you don’t mine,
before I free you from your chains.
1. I heat a crucible and then place my alloy( 750with
50/50 Ag and Cu) inside.
How clean is the metal? How did you clean it, physically or
2. I use a reducing flame from an oxy/hydrogen rosebud tip
to melt the mix until it's nice and shiny and then pour it into
the pre-heated ingot mold (450 F ). Out comes A shiny ingot .
How long did this melting take? Fast med or slow? What did the
metal look like just before you poured? Did you keep the flame
on the metal as you poured?
3. I then tap the ingot all around to align the molecules
with my litttle hammer.
Tap?! How about you try ‘forge’?
4. I heat the ingot just a little beyond the point of
turning red. I think to about 1200 F and wait untill the red
leaves and quench in de-natured alcohol.
Beyond red? How about you try ‘before’ red?
5. I start reducing in the mill about 50 % and then anneal
as in step 4.
Do you trim the ingot at all? Plus, personally I’d anneal before
50%. Say 66.66%
6. I repeat step 5 and 4 and then the cracks start to appear.
Where do they FIRST appear?
7. When I start to pull it through the drawplate the skin
of the ingot starts to shed . I can only get 2 or 3 holes
Skin of the ‘ingot’? You mean wire or rod by now?
8. My drawtongs break off the end of the wire, I go flying
across the room and my knee hits the wall and now, 3 and a
half hours later I have an 8 ft. length of wire, a badly
wounded knee, a hole in the corner post of the dry-wall and a
cold beer to nurse my wounds.
Ahh, this happens to all of us Sorry.
All of this to make a chain for a necklace because I have not
found any machine made chains that are worth more than their
weight in gold. And also because I am a Jeweler and not a chain
retailer- am I nuts or what?
If you can sell your ‘manu’-factured chain and pay for your
trouble and then some, NO.
Also, if anyone is still reading this longwinded letter, when I
am pouring alloys from the crucible into the water to make
casting grains ( shot) is their any “story” from the grains
on… I’m not sure about this bit. But I can as sure as x is x
butt in with an ignorant opinion (or guess). Try pouring from a
higher height. Isn’t there some apperatus for this, like a series
of ramps alternating direction that slows the metal drops’ travel
in the water. Another thought, try hot water.
Now how about a beer?
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