One thing I forgot to mention, when polishing Argentium does not heat
up as fast as sterling so I can polish a ring completely without
needing a break to let the metal cool down. Before Argentium I had a
number of items to polish and would heat one up and then change to
the next piece to let the first one cool down. Think polishing 5 to 10
rings in a polishing cycle. I mean fast production polishing.
Now I do a lot of polishing so my heat pain receptors have turned
off to a large degree.
But sterling gets to the point that I do need to let it cool down,
as I am tripoling off firescale, where as Argentium does not get to
that point of heat. Because it has no firescale.
Just another reason why Argentium is superior.
Now if you are a hobby person who does not have production needs to
work fast this is probably irrelevant. But if you need to push the
metal through to get the products finished this is a great advantage.
I have spoken to a few silversmiths in Australia about Argentium and
like me they had heard many negative comments about how hard it is to
use. But when I explained the differences they could see how easy it
is to use. And so will be ordering Argentium for their next order.
When I have shown finished pieces of Argentium to silver workers
(small production hobby workers who make for the love of it) and
silversmiths (professional producers who make for a living) they get
very excited at the quality of finish over sterling. If you place a
piece of Argentium next to a piece of sterling the Argentium looks
So I would encourage all who work in silver in Australia to order
some Argentium from A & E the only Australian producers and do your
research from Argentium International and Cynthia Eid. Your silver
working will change for the better. Also Palloys will soon start to
cast in Argentium so no firescale on your castings.
Hey I get nothing from A & E metals or Palloys I am just posting
about Argentium to further the trade and the enjoyment of those who
work in silver.
Today I was reminded how 2 months ago I said I would never touch
Argentium as I thought it was just advertising BS. But it became
available in Australia so I did some research and bought some still
thinking this is BS. How wrong was I? All they say about it is true.
I was very surprised. Because as a traditionally trained silversmith
I thought I had to live with firescale and it is a real pain. Because
on some pieces in sterling it is unavoidable.
Never to old to learn I was wrong and so pleased I was.
all the best