Gem Silica Wave Bangle
Ann came to me with a bar of fine silver asking if I could melt it down and forge a bangle. I said.. "EASY!"
I alloyed the fine silver into sterling by adding some copper alloy and calculating the weight according to a metal conversion chart. Weighed it a few times and cut it down to smaller portions before melting.
I melted the alloy into an ingot and forged it out into square wire, then drew it down to round wire. I created a bezel for the gem silica stone she chose for the inside of the wave detail.
Between each forge, roll or form I needed to anneal the metal with the torch to soften it back to a malleable form. When changing the shape of silver it becomes harder and harder and would eventually break if not annealed.
I formed the wave, soldered the bangle and polished. Last thing to do was set the stone!