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Soldering argentium to plain sterling


#1

regarding argentium, is it possible to mix that with regular
sterling? Such as using argentium beads in granulation while using
sterling for the rest of the piece? What kind of solder would work
best if that is an option?

Thanks for any feedback.
John


#2

Yes you can mix-and-match Argentium and regular sterling, and fine
silver aswell. Sometimes one has to, because findings are not
available in Argentium, or you are using fine silver for a bezel.
BTW, I haven’t used fine silver for a bezel since switching to
Argentium as it is so malleable and works in avery similar manner.

Remember that Argentium has the lowest melting point of all of
these, so useArgentium solders. They have lower soldering
temperatures.

I like working most times with medium Argentium solder. It has nice
color match, and has a reasonable melting point. I also use easy and
X-easy if I’m assembling pieces where there are other joints close
by. Note that are Argentium has different conductivity properties
than sterling-slightly less fast. So it is possible to overheat a
spot quicker, if you are used to working on sterling.

Good luck!
Joris
JorisArt.com/jewelry


#3

RE: regarding argentium, is it possible to mix that with regular
sterling? Such as using argentium beads in granulation while using
sterling for the rest of the piece? What kind of solder would work
best if that is an option yes, you certainly can solder one to the
other. You can use traditional silver solder, or Argentium solder.
Since the current 935 Argentium Sterling alloy melts at the same
temperature as traditional sterling, you can use whatever you like.
Personally, I prefer the less-tarnishing properties of Argentium
Solder.

Cynthia Eid
Cynthiaeid.com