I have a technical question about Argentium Sterling that I really
hope some one can help me with. I have been purchasing the wire for
about a year now from my supplier in the USA (Rio Grande) and have
developed an entire line dependent on one of its fabulous qualities.
I discovered that this wire was able to be ‘balled’ or ‘beaded’ with
my torch beautifully and have been doing so for quite some time with
much success. My most recent shipment arrived and one of the gauges
of the wire behaves nothing like what I’ve been getting for the last
year: ( When I put it under my torch-it simply melts and sloughs off
into a gloopy pile. Is this normal for Argentium? Do you know if its
known to bead well? Are there different types of Argentium? My
supplier says nothing has changed but clearly I don’t have the same
product in my hands. I know that its not sterling-it doesn’t turn
black. I’m REALLY concerned about this as I have many orders needing
to be filled and a bunch of silver that is really perplexing me. Any
thought on this would be much appreciated.