One of the very first processes you will learn with us is how to heat silver and bend it to make the shape that you want for a ring, a pendant, pretty much anything. You need to make the silver "malleable" in order that it can be manipulated and shaped they way you want it to be. Heating silver is called "Annealing". Annealing is not just about putting a blow torch on the lump of silver, it is a very meticulous process that requires a steady hand and an understanding of how heat is transferred.
Just heating the object in one place can cause it to be too hot in the "one place" and therefore more likely to break if it is shaped after cooling. Warm the whole area of the piece and the clay base it sits on, allows th heat to "disperse" and warms the silver evenly. When the silver has begun very slightly to turn a warm pink, it is time to take the heat off and turn off the torch. Let the silver cool by dunking it in cold water immediately. Your silver is now ready to start cutting or hammering into shape.
Why not try your hand at our ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS 10am - 5pm Wednesdays and Fridays in Sanur Bali if you have never done jewellery making before and want to learn something very cool and fun. If you live in Bali, we do great courses for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced in differing levels over a period of 6 to 12 months that lead you to begin your own business and set up as a fully fledged jeweller....everything from cutting to moulding, casting and stone setting.