Today I tried to raise the fine silver on some earrings and pendants
in this way: I marked each piece with a “sharpie” and heated with a
large brushy flame until the “sharpie” marks disappeared. Then I
quenched the pieces in warm pickle while they were still hot.
There are two ways that I failed:
The pieces are now a dull and very ugly grey- which I assume is
firescale?? Am I right? What is it and how do I get rid of it?
The previous solder joints have weakened and some of the findings
(earring posts/ jump rings for the pendants) have fallen off.
I have raised the fine silver in this manner before and have not had
any problems. What went wrong?? Was it just my working in a sour mood?