It seems your torch is not powerful enough.
The larger the piece of silver the more heat that is needed, this
seems to be “exponential”.
I do a lot of reticulation and have done for 30 years.
I do not use 80/20 aka coin silver. This, and here I go again, is
crap metal and not needed.
Reticulation can be done with deep spinning quality silver 950.
Depth of reticulation depends on the thickness of the metal.
I recently had a jeweller (note I am a silversmith very different in
method and skills with silver)
ask me how I did my reticulation because he used 80/20 and had
Not wanting to set up someone to copy my jewellery AGAIN!!! I was
sparse with details.
I mean after all he was trade trained LOL, luckily for me I went to
The School for Silversmiths.
I use sterling or 950 I have done- heating, pickling, brass brush,
scrub with pumice and repeat at least 6 times.
Why? IMHO waste of time. What is the pumice for, I use it to begin
smoothing the inside of holloware.
Here is what I do. I fully endorse the KISS principle Keep It Simple
Stupid, guess my teacher had insight into my intelligence.
I reticulate the piece of sterling. Note as you get to the centre of
the piece more heat is required.
I often reticulate the piece more than once to get the desired
effect. The silver should flow, remove the torch quickly. This is
how I get the waves.
Then pickle 10 minutes, wash.
Form into piece I want e. g. a ring.
NOW heat to annealing temp. Quench in pickle. There are those who
choose to let the piece cool before pickling.
Scratch brush (brass brush) with water and detergent.
Although I have been told in the old days in northern European
countries they used the left over stale beer from the previous day,
as the liquid. In Australia the concept of leftover beer is not
I do this 3 times. Finished. Never had a problem or dissatisfied
I use a brazing torch with bellows for most of my work. Using LPG as
So Pennee to start I think you need more heat.