Titanium as a metal – Titanium is a very hard metal to work with. If you are used to working with silver, this metal is so much harder to work with, and you can’t heat it up like the silver to make it softer.
Another thing with the titanium is that you can’t solder it like the silver.
Titanium is a very light metal. The weight of titanium is less than half the weight of silver.
In price silver is about 7 times more expensive than titanium.
Titanium is 100% hypoallergenic and won’t irritate the skin.
One good thing about titanium is that it will never tarnish.
Working with titanium – I have done a lot of work in cutting, stamping, shaping, polishing and burning titanium.
Shaping titanium into a ring band is very hard, and I wouldn’t use a sheet thicker than 0.7mm = 0.028 inches. It is hard work to shape the ring band and you need to have strong hands to do it.
If you are a beginner maybe start making a pendant or earrings.
Doing new designs I usually use cardboard, draw my designs and then cut it out. I put the cardboard on a piece of titanium sheet and draw around it. You can now cut or saw it to the shape you like.
After the cutting you use a hand held file or an electric flexi-driver tool to get rid of all the rough edges (flexi driver is like a small hand held grinding tool and it has exchangeable bits e.g. for polishing or for edging sides etc. – it is advised to use a protective eye-wear while in use.)
When your design is smooth around the edges, you can add textures and shape it if you like.
For pendant and earrings you need to drill holes as well.
If you like to add colour to the titanium, you can read more about it in my other article “How to get amazing colours when burning titanium”.