Hey all Orchid readers,
Just finished my first series in Argentium Sterling and thought I’d
share some findings. Processed 65 pieces as a trial run.
Wow! What a bright color! No nitric acid and water was needed.
Ran them through the vibratory tumblers and magnetic tumbler. Some
people would think that level of shine achieved is sufficient for
putting out on display.
Polishing on the buffer was a snap. Just used tripoli and Zam for
a glowing finish.
Note for those who use a Sparkie for putting on posts. The
Argentium sterling caused a better fusion weld for stainless posts
than ordinary sterling. How do I know that? Usually a few to several
posts knock off during difficult stone setting. I knocked off only
one- due to my accidental dropping of the engravers block onto my
lap. Ouch! And… no posts got knocked off while buffing TEENY
earrings on the buffer. Need I say more?
I used ordinary silver solder. Will try the Argentium solder when
I use up my silver solder. I also used FIRESCOFF or Batterns liquid
flux instead of Handy paste flux which is what I normally use for
Sagging problem. I seemed to solve that by using a softer and
cooler flame. Also, I put a fine mesh screen ON TOP OF the regular
soldering screen. That seemed to help too.