Please elaborate a bit more. How hot (approximately) was
the kiln? Were you using regular sterling >sheet, fine
silver, or a special sheet made for reticulation? What gauge
sheet have you found to give >consistently good results? When
you do this "one pass" with the torch, what kind of flame do
you have >and do you literally heat the metal to "meltdown?"
Are you coating your metal with the basic boric acid >and
denatured alcohol solution before heat treatments? Terri
Nothing fancy ?. with some practice & determination you will
achieve good textured metal using this method . To reticulate the
metal MUST be an alloy ( copper-silver, gold-silver-copper, etc)
Pure metal can not be reticulated ? no temperature difference to
provide forces … I use standard sterling as purchase from anyone
I do not use the 80-20 alloy anymore? very little if any
difference in texture.
The flame work and feel of the process has much to do with the
quality of the texture.and this requires practice.
20 gage is good, have used 18ga, thinner gages 22, 24, seem to
texture better but are light for my application (cuff bracelets).
I am not good at describing flame types ? just a normal flame
As you will learn , the trick in the reticulation process is the
feel of When and Where to move the flame. Bringing the alloy up to
temperature without major melting will require practice.
No coatings ? I have read that placing yellow O, steel may
retard the texturing where applied.
The oven temperature was 1700 to 1800 F. It is possible to use
an oven for this process ? must look in the oven to check
progress ?. very few advantages compared to torch.
Lou N Goldstein
Highland Hts. , Ohio 44143
Lou’s Metal Art
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