There is a price increase for Argentium Sterling? I was offered a
full swap, weight for weight, from G & S Metals. Hmmm, they made me
think it was all the same price, just different alloys and no more
expensive. I opted to stay with the sterling for now because I did
not want to have to then replace all my solders, of which I have a
large stock right now.
Does anyone know, is it essential to use Argentium sterling solder,
or can you get away with using regular sterling solders? I wondered
about it having color differences as well as the tarnish factors. Is
there is a difference working with patinas on Argentium Sterling. Has
anyone had any issues with patina failure in Argentium? I use LOS
(Liver of Sulfur) quite a lot, and would be interested to know if
anyone has had any experience with how well it takes a patina.
Also interested to know if it forges as well as Sterling; as in
raising, as well as wire forging and such. I imagine the crystalline
structure would be somewhat different, but is it so different to make
any difference in, say, how often you anneal? Is there the same
firescale issues, can you raise the fine silver layer like you can
with Sterling depletion guilding? Can you enamel on Argentium? How
well does it take Keum Boo?
HAHA, I guess I had quite a few questions about it, didn’t I?
Thanks ahead of time!