Hello everyone -
I am writing with a slightly different argentium problem. I have
been using 24ga argentium sheet (from Stuller) to make hydraulically
formed cuff bracelets with a rolled line fold in the middle.
I anneal after hammering the line fold but before opening the fold.
Next, I roll the fold, then I solder the rolled line fold shut with
Rio’s medium sheet solder (Melting pt - 1275F, flow point 1360F).
Finally I do the forming.
Initially, I was having problems during annealing. I was very
careful not to over heat the metal but I did quench it hot, at which
point sections broke off and cracks developed. Assuming my technique
was at fault, I let the metal cool and successfully annealed.
Recently, I am finding that touching the piece during the soldering
operation, has caused sections to break off. Basically, I attenpted
to move the bracelet into a better position while heating. I used dry
room temperature forceps. Bad move - I broke off a whole flat section
about 1cm square.
So, is Rio medium solder too “hot” for what I am attempting? Should I
hold out for the dedicated Argentium solders now available? Finally,
is it bad to quench my regular sterling hot?
Inquiring minds want to know -