I never use flux when I am fusing links. If you are using
fine silver, it won't be necessary.
Margaret, a disconcertingly large proportion of my links were either
melting or acquiring a rough texture from overheating. Then I read
about a granulation technique: Applying copper just to the sections
to be fused. It essentially creates a localized, lower-melting
alloy, so the join can be fused without overheating the remaining,
Thus I entered a Mad Scientist phase. I put a small section of
plumbing pipe into ammonia to make a copper solution, took the
battery out of the garage-door opener to make a crude electroplater,
and plated copper onto the silver links.
The directions for granulation said to add a little flux, so I
dipped the links into Prip’s. Then I laid the links onto the ceramic
surface of the kiln and used a butane minitorch to complete the
Evidently, the heat needed to fuse the links was also enough to turn
the flux into glass-based cement! Whatever links that I successfully
fused were subsequently mangled when wrenched from the kiln.
the former Mad Scientist