Thanks Alec! I very much appreciate the compliments, but I’m so far from being a master it’s not even funny. Still, I’m very much enjoying my hike up that particular mountain
Once the ingot has been poured and cleaned off, I forge it down to a minimum of 50% of its original thickness, then anneal it for the first time and start rolling it out annealing further as needed along the way.
Hope that makes sense, but I don’t profess to have any great knowledge on this. It’s a bit from reading a number of books, talking with other jewelers, and reading lots of forums over the years.
Have a great day!