Adding to the age/precipitation/heat hardening Ganoksin canon with a more specific question: How do you achieve your age hardening if you do not own a kiln? Do casters provide this service? Do you all just own ovens or kilns?
I’m not set up to install anything like a Paragon SC2 right now, so I’ve been reluctantly looking into the UltraLite Beehive/Studio kilns, which are laughably tiny but are affordable to purchase and operate – and seem like they could hold ramping temperatures if you use them in conjunction with a pyrometer and voltage controller. Any thoughts on this? Obviously suboptimal for production-level stuff, but…
If anyone’s interested in the use case, I’m looking into doing my bead-set designs in Continuum silver (Stuller’s proprietary palladium silver alloy, which I wouldn’t even consider if it wasn’t harder than other sterling alloys) and wanted to make sure I’d done the most I could to keep those wee diamonds in place.