Having a problem annealing
I am 99% finished with a square knot reef knot ring. Having done
them in 14kt and Argentium without issue. This time however, I agree
to do one in white gold
14kt white X1 from Stuller
12 gauge round, annealed
Right out of the box I had difficulty bending the wire by hand. Did
the first loop, assembled and then attempted to pull them tight. I’m
210lbs and not exactly a weakling with my weight behind it. Nothing.
No movement at all. I annealed to dull red, put some Burt’s Beeswax
chap stick to make it slippery and tried again. It moved maybe a half
mm. It might have only been a micron! Annealed again and brought it
to bright red, kept it there 15-20 seconds, quenched and tried again.
Nothing. My tongs would not hold so I used Vice Grips and a large
leather mallet. Got it to where I wanted and my usual method of
making a half size small and beating it up on a mandrel is taking a
What am I doing wrong? Is nickel gold that tough? Would palladium
gold work better? Is platinum this tough? I’ve never worked in as I
don’t have a torch or skill set for platinum but curious. I will say
this stuff is near indestructible!
Thanks for any advise.