I normally order my silver from Rio. I have always been more than
happy with the Argentium wire that I have gotten. It fuses
beautifully - and this is what I primarily use it for. Recently I was
ordering silver and gold from another company and the Argentium wire
I got from them I really dislike - it does not fuse at all. It fuses
okay (but not great) when i use flux - but I have never had to do
this before and it adds too many extra steps of cleaning before each
course of fusing. I am used to fusing and hammering over and over
again not having to clean in between each time.
I searched the forums and found some tips that might help.
I sanded the wire - that didn't help. I thought I'd try to draw it
down and see if that would do anything - it did, it made it worse!
When I tried to fuse with it this time - it didn't and it turned a
orangey-copper color. Reheating only made the color worse - not turn
white again. And - it still wasn't fused!! Even with regular sterling
if it is oxidized, I can still get it to fuse to itself.?
Here is a link to a photo of the sort of pieces I am doing (this was
done w/ rio Argentium). It doesn't really work to flux the whole
To return the Argentium wire I don't like - I'd have to pay for
shipping and 10% restocking fee. Its not really worth it b/c then I'm
actually losing money. I can still do other things w/ this wire
besides fuse w/ it.? So I'd like to keep it.
Does anyone have any advice as to how to get it to fuse how I'm used
Thanks for the help!