New Titanium Alloy

I am interested in the growing interest by jewelry companies and the
consumer markets in jewelry ie. rings, bracelets, necklaces made from
titanium and stainless alloys.

We are a casting company specializing in both for the jewelry,
medical and aerospace markets.

We are developing a new titanium alloy with greater hardness, hense
less scratching potential and greater polish luster than is currently
available and believe it would be perfect for the jewelry market. We
call the alloy Ti Hard. Any comments or ideas?

Chris Jackson
cjackson@tinomics.com
239-425-0715

In titanium ring manufacture we walk the line between hardness and
being able to have it cut off in an emergency. The typical aerospace
alloys we use are around Rockwell 35 and can still be cut by hacksaw
or ring cutters. What is the hardness of the alloys you are working
with, and do you produce it in bar form?

Bruce Boone
Boone Titanium Rings
www.boonerings.com

I get my Titanium from “Titamium Joes”, I can get round stock for a
reasonable price. In my shop I have a 14x40 lathe and a knee mill
that are for working big or tough materials.

Jerry

I would very much like to see a titanium alloy that could be drawn
to a bright finish and would anodize well. I love the strength of the
metal, but dislike the deeply etched surface that seems to be the
rule for Ti wire.

Frosted? Fine.
Pitted? Yuck.
Shiny? Sign me up!

I don’t know if the luster you’re referring to would require a great
deal of post-manufacture polishing (not practical for wire) or
whether it could be drawn that way to begin with.

-Spider (jump ring maniac)

Jerry,

I have been looking for a Titanium scrap dealer for 1 inch bar
stock. Would you be willing to share the on how to reach
"Titanium Joes"?

Thanks. Ed

Finding Titanium Joe is a matter of plugging it into Google.

http://titaniumjoe.com

Note that the bar stock is alloyed and un-stretchable. There is no
Grade #1 in his stock. Ask for certification. There is a lot of funky
material on the market. Sometimes scrap is just scrap. Titanium is
currently in very low supply world wide. Prices have more then
tripled in the last year. Delivery of custom product like we handle
can take weeks, even months. Bill

Thank you, Bill, Deborah, Michele & Sarah
Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.

   Frosted? Fine.
   Pitted? Yuck.
   Shiny? Sign me up!

Ahhh, it is out there. Bright smooth finished wire is made. Not here
I am sorry to say. Not cheap. Not in reasonably small quantities.
Even for RMS. It is not drawn. It is a rolled finish. At last count
no one in the USA is capable of making it. Looks very much like
stainless steel. Is that desirable? Does not always anodize well.
Which brings us back to a etch to prep the surface for anodizing and
the circle is complete. We are back to where we started.

A polished finish is not always the best for the reactive metals. A
smooth surface is dependent upon lots of indirect light. Without a
direct reflection off the surface the metal is dark. An etched or
scratched or textured surface gathers light and gives the material
its glow. A combination of surface finished brings the metal to life
with movement, color and light. Bill

Thank you, Bill, Deborah, Michele & Sarah
Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.

I have found that shiny titanium sheet does NOT color well (at least
through torch coloring). I much prefer a matte finish. Reactive
Metals also sells sheet with a more “brushed” finish which creates
beautiful coloring also.