Thursday, 22 July 2010

Bead Annealing Schedule for Borosilicate Beads

This table is based on James Kirwin’s work on bead making with variations. This is for cold beads being heated for a secure anneal.
Up to 10mm dia: afap to 570C, soak 30 mins; anneal at 900C/hr to 500C; afap to 40C
12mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 630C/hr to 500C; afap to 40C
14mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 468C/hr to 500C; 1000C to 40C
16mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 355C/hr to 500C; 1000C to 40C
18mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 280C/hr to 500C; 840C to 40C
20mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at226C/hr to 500C; 675C to 40C
22mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 187C/hr to 500C; 560C to 40C
24mm dia: 1000C/hr to 570C, soak 30mins; anneal at 157C/hr to 500C; 470C to 40C
30mm dia: 800C/hr to 570C, soak 36mins; anneal at 100C/hr to 500C; 300C to 40C
38mm dia: 500C/hr to 570C, soak 39mins; anneal at 60C/hr to 500C; 180C to 40C
50mm dia: 285C/hr to 570C, soak 46mins; anneal at 36C/hr to 500C; 100C to 40C


Remember this table is for spheres. For cylinders choose the diameter that is 1.5 times the diameter of your cylinder, and for flat shapes choose the diameter that is 3 times the thickness of your piece.

For other information on annealing of beads go here