Shibuishi Help please!
I am currently having trouble getting the correct annealing temp for
some Shibuishi that I trying to work (or so I think). The mix on
this batch is 75% copper and 25% 999 silver the metal is about 10
gauge square wire. The thinner wire that I made has been absolutely
fine to work with. It is the larger ingots that I have processed that
seem to have gone to stone.
It is so hard that I am not able to bend it slightly around a
bracelet mandrel. I have annealed it several times to have no
softening effects. I have no idea if this is due to some impurities
in casting, possible overworking or I am not doing something right
Does anyone have some suggestions? I love this metal and I have some
designs that I really want to work but at the current rate I will
lose my mind.
Rachel Coleman Hearne