Jewelry making – what is annealing?

Annealing is an important part of the jewelry manufacturing process, and is basically where metal is heated to make it soft so that it can be manipulated and worked with. You will need some special tools for jewelry making to handle the process, and in this article we will go through exactly what is involved.

The process will vary depending on the metal you are working with because each metal has a different melting point. For example, if you work with copper, it has a high melting point and will require a lot of annealing, while if you work with gold, it is naturally flexible and may not require any annealing at all.

The most common tool used by jewelers in the annealing process is a flashlight, which can be propane or natural gas. When using the flashlight, hold the flame over the metal where the blue and yellow parts of the flame intersect. When the color of the metal changes, it becomes more flexible, and by using the right heat, this should not take more than 30 seconds. The temperatures at which metals cure are:

  • Copper 1110 degrees,
  • Silver 1110 degrees
  • Platinum 1110 degrees
  • White gold 1200 degrees
  • Gold 1200 degrees

If you use metal wire to make jewelry and you have access to an oven, this can be a handy alternative to a flashlight. But an oven is not one of the standard tools for jewelry making, and when you first start, you need nothing more than a handheld flashlight.

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