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Annealing Nickel Silver

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Annealing Nickel Silver

Postby powderhorn » Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:48 pm

I have recently started to use Nickel Silver for some work. I normal work with Gold, and Silver. I have tried to anneal some Nickel silver, and it didn't work worth a hoot. How do you guys get it done. :?:
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Postby Larry Fuegen » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:26 pm

I heat my piece with a tourch to around 1000 degrees ,a bright red color as I see it, and then quench in water. This leaves it softer and easy to form. I don't think it gets as soft as silver or gold, probably because of the nickel in it.

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Postby RBrooks » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:58 pm

If your used to working with silver and gold, you'll be dissapointed at how hard nickel stays. You can get it to about the same as 1/2 hard sterling or a little softer but that's about it.

PS I've always heated "red" hot then let cool real slowly-not sure which is the correct cooling process.

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