I mostly work with wire, actually - so I'm generally fusing wire to
wire, whether that's to join a jump ring, or fusing two separate
I have fused small pieces of sheet and wire to flat sheet
backgrounds, but that's mostly been experimental so far. It does work
My process is to basically put the "base" piece of metal on my
soldering pad, then place whatever it is I'm fusing on top of it,
and apply a really, really small amount of flux right at the
connection point. Then I heat it, slowly if I want a precise join,
and quicker if I want the "melted" look. I can see a flash usually
when it's fused, so that's when I stop if I want it to look precise.
I have fused some granules too, but sometimes I melt them. I need
more practice with that.
I haven't used solder more than a handful of times since I started
using Argentium - I just fuse, usually.
My favorite thing is making head pins. I dip the wire into flux,
wipe most of it off on the side of the bottle, and heat the end of
the wire until it balls up. Then I heat the rest of the wire just
enough to get rid of any discoloration, and it's done - no clean up.
I used to buy head pins because I felt like the clean-up whem making
them with sterling made it not worth my time, but now I often make my
own with Argentium. I love being able to instantly have the gauge and
length I need.