Sterling silver Hardness:
Dead soft Gauge/thickness:
12 ga. Form:
.080" (2.03mm) Length per weight:
9.0 ft./ozt. Weight per length:
0.112 ozt./ft. Metal color:
White Country of origin:
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This sterling silver wire is packaged in coils and can be cut to any length that satisfies the system minimum.
Orders must weigh at least 0.01 ozt.; if you click 'Add to Cart' for a quantity less than this, the cart will offer a prompt to let you know what the minimum for this item is.
please note: We strive to measure quantities ordered as closely as possible; however, due to manufacturing tolerances at the mill, please allow for a ±10% variance when ordering.
How To Heat-Harden Sterling Silver
Here's how to heat-harden sterling silver to increase the strength of the metal and reduce its ductility. To harden the metal, you will be applying heat to the metal; whenever you apply heat to sterling, surround it with nitrogen, argon or forming gas or cover it with flux to prevent the metal from oxidizing. IMPORTANT: Fine silver cannot be heat-hardened. This tip is offered here courtesy of Jörg Fischer-Bühner and is reprinted from Santa Fe Symposium® Proceedings, 2003
Check the sterling for any solder joints that may already be present.
Heat the sterling to 1292°F–1346°F (700°C–730°C) for 30–60 minutes; adjusting temperatures if solder is present (if low-temperature solder is present, heat the piece only to 1000°F–1200°F). Quench in water.
Heat the sterling again, this time to 572°F (300°C), holding at that temperature for 30–60 minutes. After cooling, Vickers hardness will range between 120–140dph; if lower temperatures are used, the sterling will not achieve this level.
Annealing Sterling Silver
Learn how to anneal sterling silver, recovering metal that has become work-hardened and leaving the metal more workable.
Anneal the sterling silver between 1000°F and 1200°F (537°C and 648°C).
Heat the sterling at temperature for 30 to 60 minutes to achieve a Vickers hardness of 66–76dph.
Please Note: During annealing, protect the metal against exposure to oxygen by surrounding it with nitrogen, argon or forming gas. If this isn’t possible, protect the metal by covering it with flux contained in a stainless steel pan.
Brown & Sharpe Gauge Thicknesses
Use this handy guide to quickly, easily and accurately convert gauge sizes into inches or millimeters—or vice versa.
Heat-Hardening Sterling Silver
To harden sterling silver, heat it to 600°F (316°C) for 30–50 minutes in a kiln or furnace. Air-cool the sterling silver before pickling. The hardness will be equal to the hardness achieved by cold-working it to a 50% reduction (or ¾-hard). If you want to make your sterling silver harder than ¾-hard, you must physically reduce the cross-sectional area using the chart below.
Reduction in Cross-Sectional Area
Example: If you start with a dead-soft wire and reduce the cross-sectional area by drawing it down 50%, your material will become ¾-hard.
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