I don’t really want to stir up the Argentium vs. Sterling debate
again but I need help and am somewhat desperate for answers and any
help I’ve looked for from past instructors has been ignored.
I have been using Argentium for a few years now so I would say I’m
fairly experienced with it. Lately when I have been attempting to
fuse it as I always have in the past I’ve noticed that it is not
staying fused. It seems as though that small microscopic layers are
fused but it’s not entirely fused right through. I was taught that
when Argentium fused it was at the molecular level so this really
contradicts this and has left me very confused and frustrated. How am
I supposed to know if it’s fused all the way through? I have lost all
confidence in using Argentium as I have wasted countless hours and
yes days trying to fix things that should have been done right the
first time. I’ll be at the final stages of a project and some of my
original “fused” seams come apart. I can’t fathom why especially
when in some cases I have already done a pre-polish and even tumbled
multiple times. It’s extremely disheartening.
I have even ordered new materials from Rio to ensure that it might
have been just a bad batch. I have never encountered this before so
I’m really perplexed as to why it’s happening now. I have now stopped
fusing and starting soldering and I’ve also stopped granulating
because of this. These are all reasons why I started using Argentium
in the first place.
I would be interested in hearing from other Argentium users who have
experienced this and have some advice/suggestions. I really would
appreciate any feedback you have.
Thanks in advance!