I was wondering if Argentium can be onlayed onto copper and not
tarnish. There is a turn of the century style of Hollowware by a
company named Heitz, that I am interested in reproducing. I have
done some of this style with regular Sterling, soldering it, but I
had troubIe with the solder pooling into the copper around the edges
of the design. This requires a lot of cleanup. It also is very time
consuming to tin the sterling in order to sweat solder it onto the
copper. I read that Argegntium fuses beautifully and recently tried
an experiment of fusing it to copper, it fused easily, completely
with no pooling onto the copper. II haven’t tried activativing the
germanium surface yet to know if the argentium will tarnish or not.
Just wondered if anyone had tried this yet and what their results
were. Will the copper eventually bleed through the Argentium
(24-22ga) from the back? I was thinking that I might get some
wonderful colors on the copper too when I heat the piece in my oven.
Which brings be to another question, what’s the best way to get
really vivid colors on copper?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Starr Design - Crystal, MN