When melting the silver into the hole in the steel plate, it doesn’t
stick? Do you put soot inside the hole first?
I’ve been making them on top of a charcoal block, but the larger
sizes become too flattened. I’d like to make larger ones.
Also, on the charcoal, the surface of the ball has minute wrinkles I
can’t seem to get rid of, except by grinding off, which leaves the
ball less than round. A chore when doing a lot of them. I’ve tried
tumbling them, but the balls are too small and probably don’t offer
enough resistance to the polishing media.
Does anyone know how to make them smoother? The wrinkles occut
whether letting them cool naturally on the charcoal block or
dropping them into water off the inclined block.
When melting them into the steel block, are they smooth?