I use yellow and white gold, and Argentium, and regular sterling for
fabrication, repairs and alterations. Although I torch solder, I
really enjoy my pulse arc (Orion Master Jeweler) welder. But other
than for tacking, jump rings and very small areas, it doesn’t seem
to make adequate welds in either sterling, unlike in gold, where it
works very well. Part of the problem is brittleness after welding,
which I can anneal out in some pieces. But it’s difficult or
impossible to anneal much of what I weld due to the proximity of
gems or other materials.
Ganoksin reader, which sterling silver is best for pulse arc
welding? Argentium, regular copper and fine silver, Continuum, or
what? And can you help mewith tips or advice for successful silver
welding? Is one type of sterling best for the welding wire? I would
like to be able to repair shanks, bracelets and heavier silver items
with my machine.