I please want to know what is the most heat resistant or very best solder or fusing retardant that one can use?
I ask because I will be fusing links of an Argentium chain. I want to try and make the entire chain with zero solder so that if there were any kind of discoloration or tarnishing even after forming the germanium layer, I wanted there to at least be no visible solder line.
I know some people use yellow ochre or water based White-Out. But I need a retardant that will survive the high heat of fusing the Argentium. I’m attaching a photo of the same type of chain I’m making. But the photo is just from the internet as I can’t find my own photos at the moment, my castings will not look this bad so please disregard the poor quality. I think the photo is from when Gucci was mass producing their own anchor chains.
Anyways, I tried doing my homework and it sounds like liquid graphite from an automotive store would be best to survive the fusing temperatures as a retardant? I’m open to any other thoughts on this.
Thank you! In case no one remembers, I have never taken a single jewelry class so as always, forgive my ignorance.