I am very new to this forum and need a bit of help with annealing my
I am knitting 32 gauge sterling silver dead soft wire (not fine
silver wire because it kept breaking). After knitting, I pass it a
few times through a small hole drilled into a fiber glass plate to
stretch and stabilize the stitches.
At this point I would like to anneal the chain in my kiln, so that
it remains as soft and supple as possible, because the next part of
the work (threading beads with a small hole) compresses and stretches
the knitted chain a bit more (hardens it more).
To use the kiln, I thought about rolling the chain around a ceramic
kiln prop, perhaps with batwash on the prop and suspend the prop
horizontal on some metal bracket contraption, so the chain touches
only the prop, not the kiln shelf. I use batwash for glass work, so
the glass does not stick to the shelf, but don’t know if this is
necessary with sterling silver.
What temperature should I go up to?
Quickly up to that temperature (kiln at 100%), thus in a short
time, or in slow steps?
Cooling down in water, naturally in air, another way?
Will this create fire scale?
If yes, how do I clean it? The easiest method? I am set up for glass
work, but not for much metal work…pickling always sounds somewhat
intimidating, but perhaps it isn’t?
Hope these are not too many questions, and that someone can help me.
Many thanks, Carmel