Important Information About Reticulation

Reticulated Metals — Textures for Your Designs
80% Silver 20% Copper
80/20 reticulation silver has been part of the Hoover & Strong mill products range for many years. Now we offer you much more than just plain sheet.80/20 silver is the best alloy bar none for this application, but now we bring you a range of karat gold alloys to reticulate. The whole process of reticulation can be rather lengthy and to some intimidating, so you can now choose how much of the process you wish to perform by how you purchase your sheet; as-rolled, treated or fully reticulated.

1. As-rolled sheet. This is ready for the oxidation and pickling treatments that are a necessity of the reticulation process. Once completed, you can then reticulate to your required pattern and texture. Our 80/20 sheet is specially formulated to maximize reticulation, which will create deep canyons and high peaks.

2. Air annealed sheet. Hoover & Strong has now made it possible for you to purchase sheet that has already been oxidized and pickled, so all you need to do is the final reticulation process. If performing this process with a torch, you may need to oxidize and pickle up to
12 times before the sheet is ready to reticulate! With our air annealed sheet, reticulation is instant! We offer this treated sheet in a number of gauges, and for 80/20 silver we offer it so that after reticulation, either a coarse or fine pattern emerges. You choose when you order, coarse or fine, the best of both worlds.

3. Reticulated sheet. If the whole reticulation process is a little daunting to you, why not purchase your sheet already reticulated. Hoover & Strong now offers fully reticulated sheet. See the table for available gauges and textures. All you have to do is take it and make it into that piece of beautiful jewelry, no mess and no fuss, just jewelry.

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Reticulation is a heating process done to 80/20 silver (left) or 14k gold fine grade to cause ridges on the surface.

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