G’day all- I read what ya’ll had to say about working with
argentium, read the articles and jumped right in and got
some argentium sheet, wire, solder, and such. I made a couple of
pairs of earrings and a nice pendant necklace with no problems to
speak of. Today I was working on a large pendant about 3 inches X 2
inches with a gorgeous piece of smokey Bisbee turquoise. And all the
things you said could go wrong with argentium went wrong. I burned
holes in more bezels than I have in years and found out some things:
Just like you said, argentium sags a lot when heated to soldering
Like someone said, Arg. solder does not melt and flow like
sterling silver solder. Do I need to use more ?
The bezels melted funny, with holes on the top and bottom
developing simutaneously, looks a bit like a bow tie.
As you said, Argentium really does break very easily if moved
I had a terrible time trying to get the bezel to solder to the
plate, see 1,2 and 3 above and quit in frustration. I intend to
pickle,sand and try again tomorrow or the next day.
I’m not sure if I got the Arg plate too hot or not hot enough to
solder. The solder tended to ball up.
Its starting to get humid here in KC, could higher humidity
Would I be better off using regular sterling hard, easy solder
rather than arg solder? It seems to flow much better
What, if any flux should I be using? I used Cuprinol because I
had some handy.
What about polishing argentium?
Do I need to pickle ?