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Multiple soldering operations with argentium silver


#1

almost always seems to be an issue . any tips or is argentium over rated ? Heating discolors the metal and is time consuming to clear up


#2

Its still silver. You heat it too much and there will be fire scale. It’s better than regular silver though. Personally I prefer Stullers Sterlium and continum silvers.


#3

John Wade, which solders do you use for
sterlium and continuum?


#4

Never had a problem with any major discoloration on Argentium ss, nothing a quick pickle then the usual polishing. I use Argentium 960 from G&S metals. I heat just the area to be soldered , flow the solder then remove the heat. I let it air cool for a few seconds then quench. The solder is argentium solder. And no special pickle. I find Zam for a final polish gives it an awsome shine.
It takes a little bit to adjust to it but I love working with Argentium.


#5

I use an easy, medium and hard solders depending on what I am doing. If you are assembling multiple pieces you start with and and work down to the easy. If I can tack weld parts together first then I prefer to use the medium and less heat. Are you protecting the metal with a borax and alchohol solution? and are you using a paste flux like Dandix? Stuller sells solders formulated for Sterlium and continuum.


#6

I only use Argentium and LOVE it! I have not had it discolor. I dip the entire piece in yellow My T flux and then fuse. I do very little soldering since it fuses so beautifully. I save the soldering for the last details like adding a bail. Even when doing hammer set cab rings, I fuse during the entire process. Never any fire scale or fire stain.