It sounds to me that your first try with reticulation was on
regular sterling and your second on reticulation sterling.
Nope - it was 925 sterling for all pieces concerned.
The concept of reticulation is to develop a pattern that is
developed by heating.800 silver and the pattern is developed by
heating the.800 silver 5 times, oxidizing it black and pickling it
so there is a fine silver layer that is then heated and the inside
becomes molten and the outside is like a skin. A blue cone flame is
used to develop the pattern. Reticulation results are best with
Sterling can be torch textured, but is it reticulated? On Harold
haroldoconnor.com there is an image number scan0023.jps on page 2.
This is what reticulation is supposed to look like.
I think it is important to have a visual reference so we are on the
same page, then whatever the results are that are going to be
discussed, we are talking about the same thing.
Does the.925 that is being heated develop the pattern like on
Harold's piece? Theoretically you cannot get this pattern with.925,
that is why there is commercially available reticulation silver.
Brian, whatever colors they turned during heating, did they pickle
white again after heating? I have burned sterling that would not
pickle white, it was dirty gray. This is what happens, in my
experience with acetylene.