I would like to point out that the original reason that Argentium
Sterling Silver was developed was to eliminate firescale. Wow! That's
AND, as if that were not enough, it ALSO is highly tarnish-resistant!
AND, (as the commercials would say, but wait-- there's more!) It's
also highly malleable and ductile, it also can be fused, and it also
can be heat hardened in an oven!
With all these amazing qualities, why are we surprised that it also
works a bit differently than other metals that we know about?
Naturally, since it has different benefits from other metals, it has
different working qualities as well.
Like everything new, there is a bit of a learning curve to learning
how best to work with it. This is nothing new----for instance, I
can recall many posts and questions from people asking about how to
learn to solder and work with gold, which has different working
properties from regular sterling silver. There is a publication
devoted to discussing how best to work with PMC.
I would like to take a moment to thank Peter Johns for inventing
Argentium Sterling Silver, and sharing it with the world. I
appreciate the perseverance that it has taken for him to bring it to
the market, and make it available to us. I appreciate Stuller for
taking a chance on something new, and being the first company in the
United States to stock Argentium Sterling Silver and offer it for
sale. I appreciate Rio Grande, G & S Metals, Hoover and Strong, and
Magic Novelty for also making the investments necessary to stock
Argentium Sterling Silver.
In my studio, I have a big yellow caution sign that says: "No
Whining Allowed". I think that the world is a better place when we
focus on positives.
Best wishes to all,