Having just returned from Tucson and Catalog in Motion, I wanted to
share some new about granulating with Argentium. Rio
Grande now carries Argentium granules. I had tried "homemade"
granules made from Argentium wire. Not very successful. The granules
did not want to hold their shape but would dissolve into the base.
So, I would just use Fine Silver granules instead. After talking
with the head engineer from Stern-Leach, I discovered that the reason
the granules I made did not work. The Argentium granules Rio sells
are made with a more pure formula (slightly higher fine silver
content is my guess) and created in an inert atmosphere. They were
FABULOUS! Cost wise they are less than the fine silver ones, but
still expensive- $300/oz. And at this time, you can only buy an ounce
at a time. Argentium ROCKS!!!