Robin Phillips Jewelry

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Reticulation

reticulationThis is a process of bringing fine silver to the surface of sterling silver by heating the silver to an annealing temperature and quenching it in acid (pickle). This process is repeated 5-6 times.

The layer of fine silver is then heated to just past the annealing temperature and the flame is concentrated on one area until the surface of fine silver begins to "ripple". It is vital that the whole of the piece is not allowed to cool and it is sometimes necessary to use two torches to keep the piece at temperature.

As the "rippling' progresses the torch is moved along the piece in a controlled manner until the desired effect is achieved. This is a permanent finish and lends itself to interesting colourations through oxidation.