I’ve been experimenting with silver reticulation, and something odd
(at least to me, being new to reticulation) occurred. I had some 20
gauge 2" 925 disks that I got from SJFS which oxidized to pure black
and required perhaps 10 anneal/quench/pickle cycles to give me very
rough reticulation, with some cracking of the disks. I was able to
"weld" the cracks together on further annealings. Some parts of the
disk reticulated while others didn’t. The fine silver shine came up
fine after the last few cycles.
Then, I used some 24 gauge 1-1/4" 925 disks that I got from
Thunderbird Supply. To my surprise, there was not oxidation at all,
not even on the first annealing. After 4 or 5 cycles, I went at it
with the torch, and was delighted to see that the disks reticulated
beautifully and evenly, with a sort of planetary look to them.
Hmmm.supposedly the same metal, aside from the gauges, but very
different results. I’m puzzled as to why there was no oxidation
whatsoever on the small disks.
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