OK, I have read about 4 of the articles in the Orchid Archives about
working with palladium and I have yet to find any mention of how to
cool it after annealing.
Each article reads: “after the palladium has cooled to room
temperature” with no mention of quenching. I am to assume it is just
left on the soldering block to slowly cool? Is it better to move it
off the platinum soldering block? Someone told me to quench it in
alcohol??? that can’t be right.
The 10-gauge round wire I have is so stiff, it is almost impossible
to bend it. I need to draw it down, but I cannot get it to anneal! It
is not responding in the same way as platinum does when I work it.