to get on top of fabricating with it.
I got some Argentium medium solder. But I wonder-- do you use AS
solders just for the match, or is there some problem if you use
ordinary sterling solders?
What else do I need to know/familiarize myself (and the other
goldsmiths) with? Hi Noel, The main reason for using AS solders, in my
opinion, is that the colors are whiter, and they don’t tarnish as
readily as traditional silver solders.
In my experience, it is best to anneal an AS casting before
stretching a ring up, or forging or bending. While we think of other
metals as being annealed after casting, I have had surface crackling
if I did not anneal before manipulating a casting.
In terms of what else you need to know, I have updated my
handouts—I make a constant effort to keep up with the latest
research, and to make them as clear and concise as possible.
I have just uploaded these pdfs to my website www. cynthiaeid.com
under FAQs. From what you are saying, it sounds like you might
especially want to take a look at the finishing/hardening handout so
that you can maximize tarnish resistance.
I am glad to hear that the studio where you work is having success
with using Argentium Silver!