Hi Rex and Susan, I use bullion for jewelry with the aid of a rolling
mill too and find that heating to red and quenching in pickle makes
pure silver almost like jelly (which is excellent if you have more
rolling or working to do). Fine gold is malleable, but will
certainly require annealing after working for a while, its up to how
it feels to you. Working with fine gold and silver is the best for
malleability and the more the metals are alloyed the harder they are
to work and more frequent annealing they will require. At $5 an
troy oz. for silver, one can get their money’s worth for making
jewelry, especially if you make your own wire and bezel! It’s fun,
by the way, to experiment with alloys. And, if you have never worked
with copper in the mill, its fun and good practice. Copper is VERY
malleable after heating and quenching.
Best to you. A blessed and prosperous 2002.
Dave Hall, Gainesville,FL