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Argentium silver and satin finishes


#1

Ok, I have been sitting here all morning doing massive research on
Argentium silver and am convinced it is the way to go. My question is
should I use the Goddard longshine polishing cloth on my satin
finishes or only shiny? And if so, where do I get it? I satin finish
all my silver so I want to do it right! And just to be sure, I
should definitely bake it if I want it hardened correct?? Thanks
guys!

Laura


#2
... My question is should I use the Goddard longshine polishing
cloth on my satin finishes or only shiny? 

Hello Laura. FWIW, I use the Goddard’s cloth on everything: satin,
matt, high gloss, whatever. Goddard’s cloths and Argentium Silver
(AS) get along REALLY well (the cloths greatly enhance AS’s tarnish
resistance) so I’d use it everywhere unless I found some good reason
not to.

And if so, where do I get it? 

I’m in Europe so I got mine over the web from Knees of Trowbridge
(http://www.kneesnet.co.uk). Great price, great service, fast
delivery. I plan on ordering in bulk from them next time.

In the US and/or Canada there are a few options on the web. DoItBest
Hardware (doitbest.com) looks like they have a good price (SKU:
609277). FurnitureProducts.com has them too. I’ve never dealt with
either of them personally.

And just to be sure, I should definitely bake it if I want it
hardened correct? 

Not sure I follow you here but yes, you can harden AS very nicely by
precipitation hardening it in the oven. It’s easy and it is very
effective. Work hardening (smithing, rolling, etc) also works great.

Cheers,
Trevor F.
in The City of Light
www.touchmetal.com


#3
 should I use the Goddard longshine polishing cloth on my satin
finishes or only shiny? And if so, where do I get it? I satin
finish all my silver so I want to do it right!  And just to be
sure, I should definitely bake it if I want it hardened correct?? 
Thanks guys 

Hi Laura,

Hurray for research! Good for you! I buy Goddards Long Shine Silver
Cloth and Liquid by the case at

http://www.goddards.com/

Perhaps you could e-mail them to find out where in your area is a
hardware store or jeweler who sells it by the bottle.

I “did a google” and found this site that sells both individually:
http://www.antiquerestorationproducts.com/Goddards.html

I only went through the first ten listings. I am sure that there
are more sources!

Correct! To harden Argentium heat/bake at 580 degress F for 45 min to
an hour. (or, if your oven , like mine, does not go so high, 1.5-2
hours at 550)

You’re welcome!

Cynthia Eid
http://www.cynthiaeid.com/