Hi All, Since I have started enameling I have always worked with
copper, it being a lot cheaper than silver. Well, I was given a
number of billets of a silver alloy composition unknown and about 16
gauge and 1 square inch. I have been trying to roll out or forge the
billets to a thinner gauge. This I can do reasonably successfully.
But the problem is that the silver is so stiff.
I have been annealing to red heat in the shade just like the texts
say. But it is still stiff, so much so that if I crease it, it rips.
I have never had this problem with copper and hence I'm looking for
guidance. To be brief the end product is not at all malleable.
Should I be "aggressive" in milling the billet or thin it slowly?
Should I heat at red heat for a short period and water quench or heat
for a long period and let the billet cool slowly?
Other I can enamel it just fine (following depletion
guilding), and I can use hard solder without it melting. It also
reticulates really well, suggesting that it might be 80% Ag. But
chunks of silver rectangles are really boring.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
David P in rainy Victoria, BC