Having read all the recent discussions about Argentium, I’d like to
begin using it, and given that the next project on my bench
incorporates gold bezels backed with sterling, I’m curious if anyone
has experimented with soldering 18k yellow gold to Argentium? I’ve
scoured the archives, but find no reference.
I do find people state that Argentium solders much more like gold
than sterling, but am concerned about the temperature difference
between the two metals. I can solder everything with the Argentium
solders from a visual standpoint, so that’s not a problem. I’m doing
large bezels with 22g 18k yellow gold onto 20g sterling. Obviously,
the slumping issue could be a problem in this case. I know I can do
the project just fine with ‘classic’ sterling, but I promised myself
my next silver order would be for Argentium, dang it, and though I
can’t afford to experiment too much with the cost of gold these days,
I really want to try this out.