been working with Argentium for a few weeks and really like it. But
the other day went to solder a 10 mm wide 1.5 mm thick size X ring
band. Used 2 pieces of solder over the join. The medium solder would
just not flow along the join. I have soldered this size of ring for
years in sterling.
Re did the ring join and used easy, same method, flowed like a
dream. And wow does the Argentium look good or what. On such a wide
ring I should have used 4 pieces of medium solder over the join like
I would have done with 18 kt.
Learning to fuse Argentium, so far my success rate is 50%. Did 2 5
mm by 1.5 mm size N rings today one would not fuse the other fused
like a dream Just need more practise. Torch control seems to be the
key to this. But it is worth trying till I get to 100%. I need to
observe more closely what happens with the metal. Point I am making is
just keep at it. Because the fused rings look so cool no join. My
Chinese name is hard to pronounce correctly, I said to my teacher “I
will never get it right.” He said “Don’t be lazy. You can do it. Just
practise.” This is the teacher who after I told him the co-supervisor
told me my thesis would pass said “Yes I know, now we will get it
right.” Five re- writes later and months of work he let me submit.
Markers said “Beyond requirements.”
Between my silversmith teacher and my university primary supervisor
I am never satisfied with the quality I make. I can always see how I
could have done a better job. I said to my silversmith teacher
"Silversmithing is like a calligraphy master who says ‘One day I will
get this right.’ He said “Yes.”
You will never get it “right” but your sure can make some superb
stuff in the process.
I was asked to send some photos offline to a guy who is a great Art
Jeweller and he was very complimentary on my pieces. I do send photos
offline but I never feel they are good photos, to be honest
photography is not my strength.
But I would really like to post so am getting lessons. The crystal
ball ring photo I posted was not taken by me.
all the best