I recently made a couple of pieces using regular sterling for the
base and Argentium wire as lots of added on curls and flower shapes.
I put both of them in the same gallery and they were in wall cases
and there for about three months. I needed to pick them up as I had a
show coming up and both pieces looked the same. The regular sterling
still looked fine but the Argentium wires were very tarnished and the
color of the tarnish was like burnt orange to brown with some grey. I
tried cleaning it up with a toothbrush and some No Name Patina Prep
but it wouldn’t touch it. Finally I just turned on the torch and it
burned right off and the wires were then snow white. I pickled the
pieces and they were beautiful after that. I would love to know what
is going on with this Argentium as I do love using the wire. The
sheet leaves something to be desired in my opinion though.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I don’t want my
customers to have the same problem. I really don’t think it would
have happened if it was being worn but the gallery can’t sell a
piece that looks like that. That is why I used the Argentium wire as
it is not supposed to do this.
Thanks in advance,