I understand that Hoover & Strong (www.hooverandstrong.com/)
have it. Don't know pricing, etc, so you're probably best off
contacting them directly.
Don’t get it from them, they practice line item pricing (eg you
can’t add up all the silver you buy to get the quantity discount by
Go with Rio Grande, they have the most variety as well as giving you
the quantity discount for ALL your silver, argentium, sterling, and
fine, all added together.
Someone else was speculating on the degree to which Argentium
Sterling (AS) would harden in a step down from 26 to 28 g. That's
about a 26% reduction which would, in my experience, increase the
hardness a bit but not a lot.
That was me, and that was my guess. Starting from dead soft. Or
extra-dead-soft, which apparently you can get by asking for it when
you order. Don’t know if they’ll charge you extra for that, but it’d
be worth it to get it super-annealed to start with if you need to
draw it down and don’t have a torch so you can anneal it yourself.
Then it’ll be even softer after you do the one draw-down.
Who forgot once again to twist the wire for my studs so I ended up
trying to burnish them hard after tumbling didn’t work-harden them
enough. Yes, Argentium really DOES work harden much more slowly
than sterling - those were Argentium studs!
Maybe I should just throw it all in the oven and precip-harden it.
(Pattern wire is not available in Argentium, and I don’t have a
rolling mill, so I made a bunch of earrings using sterling pattern
wire and argentium round wire for studs last week - nearly all of my
round wire stock is Argentium…)