is it sterling or fine and how thick and how large a piece?
I let fine silver air cool and it is like cardboard.
Sterling I air cool or drop into the pickle, and it is easier to
How are you annealing, heat to a deep cherry red.
What type of torch do you have? Silversmiths use brazing torches
with bellows, flame control.
What are you doing with the sheet?
If you are raising it you need deep spinning silver often 950 not
If you are making jewellery build your muscles and use your
Yesterday due to boredom and possible brain damage, LOL, I made a
bezel for a 7mm CZ
out of 1.5 mm sterling sheet. I used wire for the stone seat so the
bezel wall was 1.5 mm thick by 7mm wide.
I USE CZs FOR PRACTICE I DON’T CRY OVER A FEW DOLLARS WHEN I HAVE AN
I used a bench block and planishing hammer to form the bezel, even
king kong could not bend it with pliers.
I then tried to push the bezel down with a pusher, ow, there is no
fool like an old fool.
So it was time to set with hammer and setting punch. Used a benchmate
with the bridge for support for first 4 hits. Then up the mandril
and then for final set down of metal back in benchmate.
I post this to show you Nathalie various techniques are needed when
physical strength is not enough.