I’ve been enameling on Argentium Sterling for the past few months
with Thompson unleaded enamels. I hope to put a couple of images on
my blog soon. I’ve had no problem with opaques. With transparents, I
am finding that it works very much like traditional sterling silver.
It seems best to deplete the surface first, but it takes far fewer
repetitions of heating and pickling to deplete AS than traditional
I have been pleasantly surprised at how high a temperature the AS
can take in the kiln. Recently, I fired two flat earrings at 1500
As with traditional sterling silver, it is important to use a clear
flux under reds and warm colors. It is less important with blues. I
am working on a pair of blue plique a jour earrings, and the color at
the edges looks great! This is particularly surprising, since I
rushed, and forgot to deplete the silver prior to the first
application of enamel.
I took an advanced enameling class at Metalwerx with Troy Hines at
Metalwerx, this spring, and am pleased that she has also been
experimenting with enameling on AS with good results.
I have been avoiding using a brass brush on the AS when preparing to
enamel, as one person reported problems from that. I’ve been using
pickle and pumice and/or baking soda and/or glass brush to prepare