Most of my work is in silver, and I’d like to switch more work to
Argentium for its better strength, non-scaling and great tarnish
resistance, instead of the sterling or fine silver I am now using. I
have found it a terrific form of silver once I adjusted to it.
I find enameling with transparent enamels difficult on Argentium,
due to possible germanium reactions with the enamel. So far, in all
my test pieces, the transparent enamels turn opaque. This is not good
for the champleve that I like to do. And why does my normal procedure
of depletion gilding that I use with sterling does not seem to work,
and what can I do instead? BTW, a leaded-flux coat underneath works
well with using opaque enamels (same techniques as copper enameling).
Any help with this would be appreciated!