After alloying, I use my forging hammer to prepare the gold for use. The molecules of the freshly alloyed ingot or dollop of gold are set into a structural order as the metal becomes work hardened with each hammer blow. Once forged flat for sheet or into a square rod for wire, the gold is shaped further using my rolling mill.
From there the ingot is either rolled out in sheets, or pulled through a die to make wire.
Throughout this entire process I regularly anneal the gold as it gets work-hardened. Annealing is heating the gold with my acetylene torch until it glows red, and the allowing the gold to slowly return to room temperature.
Annealing re-establishes malleability after the gold been work-hardened and won’t reduce further without cracking and breaking.