Sasha: My guess is that you received part of a bad lot of argentium.
I’ve found that jewelry materials suffer from inconsistency problems
that other materials do and for a variety of reasons. Even standard
sterling has its issues…
If anyone ever runs into a situation where a metal or alloy starts
behaving very differently than it has in the past, especially if it
is a fairly simple operation, return that lot to the supplier. It
isn’t a bad idea to test each batch before using it for production.
Make sure the supplier knows exactly why you are returning the
It takes only one part in a thousand of some types of contaminants
to drastically change the working properties of a given metal or
alloy and there are many steps in the supply chain where that can
Yes, the argentium is wonderful to work with. If you can, keep us
posted as to what transpires.
Shining Wave Metals