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#1
Oh, rats, no wire solder?  I'll take what I can get, but wire
solder has always been the easiest for me to use. 

I routinely cut sheet solder into thin strips and hold it in
cross-locking tweezers to use as wire solder would be used from the
coil. I can get varied thicknesses that way. I have also forged out
wire solder (or you could roll it out) and cut it with shears along
its length, to get thinner wire solder, or to cut snippets. Whatever
I have on hand,I use. Probably it will all be available some day, if
we all really start using a lot of Argentium.

So far, I have found that Argentium makes nice head pins for pearls,
with a good smooth ball end. I used it to trap clusters of pearls on
either side of a chain, melting the final ball very close to the
pearl with my propane-ox little torch, tip # 4. It worked very well.
(Ball end, pearl, goes through chain, pearl, ball end. ) I used 24 or
26 gauge wire. Just a slight buffing was required after the final
ball was melted.

M’lou Brubaker, Jeweler
Goodland, MN
www.craftswomen.com


#2
A.925 solders, at last! 

This post made me think: Wouldn’t it be cool to have a stamp that
said “A.925” so that we could differentiate our Argentium pieces from
our standard Sterling ones?

M’lou Brubaker, Jeweler
Goodland, MN
www.craftswomen.com


#3

Right on, M’lou Brubaker!!

What a great idea, having a stamp with an “A” before the .925! Much
easier than manipulating 2 different stamps - and mine aren’t really
the same size. While the stamp-making elves are at it, I’ll bet the
precious metal clay folks would love a .999 stamp. Even though it’s
not too hard to hand scribe it in the damp clay, a “.999” stamp would
look more professional.

Judy in Kansas