Regarding the reticulation process, I pass along these comments
gained from reticulating hundreds of pieces using three
different alloys . I have read nearly all books/articles on the
subject . I have actually prepared items using the methods
described in the standard literature.
In short ? the standard methods and the methods I have seen
recommended on this forum require too many passes and much
I make one pass , heat the metal one time, and achieve very good
textured metal . I move the flame around to achieve a good result
during the time the alloy is in a molten state . I use this one
pass technique for sterling silver and for an alloy of 70% copper
and 30% silver ( has a nice rose color? Japanese alloy).
I have prepare and used the reticulated metal ( 80% Silver-20%
copper) and see very little difference in the texture Vs easily
available sterling ( 92.5% silver - 7.5 % copper).
I feel that the major factor in the reticulation process is the
different in the melting temperatures of the metals that
constitution the alloy …The different in melting temperatures of
multi metals in an molten alloy creates the forces during cooling
that result in the reticulated texture , we all enjoy.