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How to anneal sterling silver

How to anneal sterling silver

I was making a couple of custom sterling silver rings and took a short video of the annealing process. The sterling silver had been worked into its basic shape and had become rigid and hard to bend. When this happens it is time to anneal the metal. This process will make the metal soft and allow it to bend easily. The metal is heated to around 1050 degrees and 1150 degress with a torch. The metal is then quenched in water and cleaned in soapy water or an acid bath.

After annealing, the metal is ready to be shaped into a round band.

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Thanks, Michael Seiler