I have been researching argentium silver and thinking about
transferring over to using it. Although I don’t want to do away with
using traditional sterling silver, I have some questions in using
it.I am hoping someone can answer my questions!
Can I combine sterling silver and argentium? I have a lot of
sterling silver rectangular and round wire, sterling silver tubing,
etc, that I use, and would like to use it with argentium sheet. Will
there be any issues that arise from the solder process to the finish
process? I understand I need to use argentium solder with argentium
silver, so will argentium silver solder be compatible with sterling
as well? Or if I use argentium sheet, will everything I use in the
piece that I solder to it, need to be strict ly argentium?
I etch and patina my surfaces, and wondered if I use argentium in
these processes, what I can expect. I understand liver of sulphur
will be a slower process for argentium?
Do I need to buy separate files and sandpaper for the argentium if
I only use sterling silver in my studio? Or, is it required that I
buy separate polishing buffs, files, sandpaper, etc for anything I
use with argentium? Trouble is, I would like to combine my sterling
with argentium, so I am not sure if using the same tools for
sterling and argentium will create problems. I understand that Handi
flux could stain, so I need to buy a different flux.
Why do you harden argentiumin general? is it just to activate the
anti-tarnish properties? Can you just solder and finish your piece
without putting it in the oven?
Finishing: do you need to use the general polishing sequence of
tripoli, white diamond, and red rouge with argentium?
Thank you in advance for your help and !!