Annealing

Annealing
Annealing is a heat treatment wherein a material is altered, causing changes in its properties such as strength and hardness.
In the case of silver, this process is performed by substantially heating the material, generally until glowing, and allowing it to cool. Silver can be cooled slowly in air or quickly by quenching in water. In this fashion the metal is softened and prepared for further work such as shaping, stamping, or forming.

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