I managed to find time for a couple more experiments the other day.
- Tried fusing 14k granules to Argentium sheet. Did not work! Used
flux/glue and spit to fix the granules. When the Argentium surfaced
flashed, the granules almost instantly flowed into the sheet. Same
for wire. Can we say green gold? I thought the melting point of the
14k and Argentium were too close but wonder if it is a case of once
the fusion starts a eutectic alloy forms that drops the temperature
faster than one can respond to and everything just flows together.
Three tries, all reduced to smudges.
Did a fold formed piece, crossing line folds, ala Harold
O’Connor. Set 18k granules along the ridges and as clusters. Fused
perfectly at all points. I was quite pleased with the piece. Kind of
melted the bail but fused a larger granule into the slump. Perfect!
Like it was planned! Raise the price! Full speed ahead!
I think the charcoal fired granules may be off white because of
the reducing atmosphere created. Not so with a solderite board which
would let the germanium oxide generate better. Just a thought.
I have not had any trouble with Argentium granules collapsing.
Now to try 22k.