Regarding rolling and milling, being an ongoing student in Jay
Whaley's class at UCSD's Crafts Center, I believe the best answer is
Yesterday, a new student registered in Jay's Private class. He had
no prior experience in any phase, torch, tools, nada. He was
immediately introduced to alloying fine silver to a tarnish resistant
sterling, and then torching into an ingot, followed by the rolling
mill. At the end of 4 hours, he left wearing a polished half round
band, and was elated, or as he said, "stoked." He also filed,
soldered, corrected "oopsies", sized, and polished. He now will make
his own wedding band.
Jay's philosophy, is basically, if you have this knowledge, and need
a bezel, in 15 minutes, you can have that bezel, ready to go. At
times, faster than you can locate the catalog, page, etc, and call
your order in. Of course, in a once a week class, that means another
week before you can begin your project.
I am so thankful that Jay showed me how to alloy Reticulation
Silver. Save quite a bit of money, and love it.
I am a total believer in really learning the value of the Rolling
Mill, yes that begins with alloying.
Proud to be a Metalsmith.