Does this change the color of the silver in any way? Or affect
its ability to take a high polish?
I have only used the casting grain, not anything for fabrication. One
thing I noted right away is that the castings came out grayish, not
the usual black I find when I quench and break the casting out of the
investment. Easier cleanup.
The properties of the formulation seem very much like conventional
sterling. I soldered sterling fixtures to the pieces without
difficulty. In doing some modification to the castings, cutting with a
burr, it seemed that the formulation wasn’t as “smeary” as
At this point, with finished goods, I am unable to discern which
pieces were made with the silicon alloy sterling, so I’d have to say
the appearance, to me, is the same.
I agree, 100 oz. of sterling is a large commitment!
Hope this helps,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)