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One wire prong not balling up


#1

I am working on a Argentium silver wire reversible bezel (a project
featured in an issue of Art Jewelry magazine). The ends of 6 of the
"prongs" are balled up. However one wire prong refuses to ball up on
the end. I have used the ultrasonic and pickle for cleaning and
deoxidizing, and have even filed the metal to make sure it wasn’t
covered with solder. It still will not form a ball. I am sure that a
number of you out there know exactly what is going wrong. Please help
me out. Thanks!


#2

Two things come to mind

  1. perhaps the material somehow got mixed up and the piece that
    won’t ball up is something else

  2. a heat sink problem. If this one wire is too close to whatever is
    touching it, it may suck the heat right out. Silver is a very good
    conductor of heat.

What exactly happens when you apply the heat? nothing at all?
discoloration? slight deformation?