Has anybody else tried fusing Argentium sterling to standard
sterling silver? It just occurred to me to try it, and it worked! I
looked to see if I could find any about it, but couldn’t.
I used one of my fluxes which I use for sterling, for the sterling
backing sheet, and then dipped the Argentium pieces in My-T-Flux. I
heated the sterling sheet from underneath, then on top at the last
minute, and they fused beautifully. The Argentium pieces would not
pull off at all.
I don’t know whether anyone would be interested in trying it, or
what circumstances would make it suitable, but I thought it might be
interesting for anyone wanting to use embellishments without the
mess of solder, such as granulation. As for fusing onto sterling back
sheet (as opposed to Argentium), perhaps it would be useful for
those folks whose skin reacts to Argentium, so that it’s just used
for the embellishments.
More experimentation needed methinks. I’m interested to hear whether
anyone else has tried this.