I just spent about an hour and a half looking over past Orchid posts
to see if I could find and answer to the following question, but
could not find what I am looking for.
For Christmas I made my sister an Argentium woven link bracelet with
all the links soldered. A couple of weeks ago, we were together
again and her bracelet has turned an ugly, dull gray with no shine or
pep whatsoever. She said she has worn it since she put it on when I
gave it to her, so I am puzzled as to why it is so discolored. I
brought the bracelet home and washed it, then heated it with my torch
(on a firebrick, not charcoal), and then pickled it. It now has black
crusty spots on it, and still is dull and lifeless. I can’t say the
bracelet is tarnished, just dull. She lives in an area with very
hard water–could the minerals in the water have anything to do with
this? What about body chemistry? She never had this happen with
regular sterling silver.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.
LuckyDog Designs, Inc.