well, i recently found out that argentium hardens mroe than
tradtional sterling. i was very excited about this because i have
lots of ideas that involve small gauge wire, and they would be
fabulous if the wire was hard.
so i ordered some argentium. i made all these little wire things,
felt very pleased about the way it soldered. the solder flows
similar to gold solder, and that was nice. had a little trouble
figuring out the hardness of the wire initially but nothing major,
and i figured it out just fine.
i got everything soldered and put together. the last step on this
jewelry is to ball up the ends of the thin wire. and guess what???
argentium silver does NOT like to ball up! now tomorrow i will go
back and re-do all this work i spent all day today doing. very
if there is a good way to make this stuff ball up, that would be
what i learned is this: there is ALWAYS something good and bad about
everything, nothing is 100% “perfect”…which is something i
already knew, of course, but this experience just reminded me of
that! i might just stick with regular old sterling. we’ll see…