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silver hardness

This may be rather basic, but does emerying silver cause it to harden at all?

Re: silver hardness

Linda,

Abbrading the silver with emery paper or cloth does little to harden it. You would need to stress it by forging or bending it back and forth to cause it to harden. You can also harden the surface by burnishing it. There is also a method of heat treatment that is supposed to harden it as well.

Fred