First of all, many thanks to those who helped me (and challenged me
- thanks Leonid) with the Oval gypsy setting. I tried it and it
worked… also for the enlightenment on annealing Sterling. Next
question - if I may - concerns firescale. I have read several
articles and know to be wary of it, pickle and flux. I have made
several pieces in Sterling that have exhibited a kind of “stain”,
which only becomes apparent after buffing (last stage) with rouge.
The marks look more like ingrained rouge than something subsurface.
They do take a lot of repolishing (with a grit impreg rubber wheel)
to remove. My question, naive though it may be, am I dealing with
"firescale’ or just buffing incorrectly ? I do know that it takes
almost as long to remove the stain than it does to make the piece…
as always, thanks for any help