I don’t recommend suspending when fusing Argentium Silver, (*at this
time), as it is fragile when red hot. I prefer Solderite boards for
fusing. Ronda Coryell prefers charcoal. Both are highly heat
reflective. If you get a texture on the back when using one of
these, the metal has been overheated.
For some quick instructions on fusing, I have a handout on my
website: www.cynthiaeid.com. For details, I recommend Ronda Coryell’s
videos. Even better, take a workshop from Ronda or me.
In July, I’ll be demonstrating during the ACJ-Association of
Contemporary Jewelers Conference in England, at the West Dean
College. I’ll also be teaching a 5-day course in Birmingham, England
that will cover fusing, soldering, annealing, hardening, and
finishing ARgentium Silver as well as microfolding (corrugation)
*AS is about to be produced by a new company, with a higher silver
content. This may make it less fragile when red-hot.
I hope this helps!
From Ireland, where I am teaching in Kilkenny this week,