I’m a very amateur metalsmith, so I apologize if this has been
covered already. I’m just learning how to navigate the archives and
I learned how to forge and anneal silver, copper, and brass recently,
and while I was perusing the hardware store racks for practice
material, I spied some aluminum and the wheels started turning. I do
all my work outside, sheltered from the elements and fur-children,
but well ventilated. My usual setup is to mark the item I’m annealing
with a sharpie, torch it till the sharpie mark goes away, dunk it in
a water bath immediately, then into a Sparex No 2 pickle bath it
goes. I keep two crockpots with pickle going–one with hydrogen
peroxide added in for my brass and copper, one without for Silver
Are there any safety considerations I need to consider for
working with aluminum, whether I’m cutting, torch annealing, or
Will the same Sharpie trick work?
Do I still dunk it in the water bath, or do I let it air cool?
Can I use Sparex, or do I need to use a different pickle, and if
so, what (or what recipe)?
When I’m done with a piece of wearable art, do I need to coat the
aluminum with anything?
Thanks in Advance,