Jay Mead wrote:
Welcome to the forum.
I have a curiosity for titanium. I haven't worked with it and I have
always heard that it is very hard to work with. Would like to know more,
maybe you can share some of your knowledge of this metal with me.
Thanks, Jay Mead
Yes many says, that titanium is very hard. I don't agree, but you'll
need a little more patience, than with silver.
The problem with titanium is, that the meltingpoint is to high, so
soldering is out of question, but any kind of cold connection is
possible. Personally I like rivets of silver in a piece of coloured
titanium. It adds to the design, besides connecting f. ex. the
brooch-needle with the titanium plate. Another possibility is to use a
kind of spring-technique. A little like spring-steel is used in the
industry. But about cold connections I can recommend "Metal technic" ed.
by Tim McCreight, Brynmorgen Press. There is an article about cold
connections, thats just great.
The most fascinating thing about titanium is, that its so easy to
colour. The easy way is to clean the surface (wire or plate) thoroughly
with sand or emery paper. The most important thing is, that the surface
is evenly "scratched". Then use a soft flame and carefully warm up the
titanium. You'll see rainbows, I promise!
Making coils of titanium wire, colouring it, and afterwards sawing it
out in jumprings to make chains, is another possibility. Its not hard at
all. You kan make some very beautyfull chains if you mix silver and
titanium jump-rings. Try the "Idiots delight" from Tim McCreight's
Metalsmiths Handbook. Here in Denmark its called (translated) "the kings
Have a good time and a nice weekend