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[Workshop] Fusing, Soldering & Granulation Argentium

Argentium Silver: Fusing, Soldering and Granulation Masterclass

July 11-15, 2011
School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University
Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA, England

This course is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover how to use
an innovative new metal for your work with the guidance of renowned
Argentium Silver specialist Cynthia Eid. Argentium Sterling is an
alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver, it does not firescale, is
highly tarnish resistant, is more malleable and ductile than
traditional sterling, fuses and welds more easily than traditional
sterling, and can be hardened using a kitchen oven or kiln. During
this course you will learn a variety of techniques including
annealing, soldering, fusing and hardening Argentium Sterling Silver
sheet and wire. Argentium Sterling has superb fusing qualities and
demonstrations will include fusing granules to sheet, sheet to sheet,
wire to wire, and gold to Argentium Sterling. Argentium Sterling is
also a wonderful material to use for Keum Boo, (ancient Korean
gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of 24K gold to silver
with heat and pressure) since the surface doesn’t need to be heated
and pickled as extensively as traditional sterling prior to
application of the gold foil, which the tutor will also demonstrate
during the course. Following demonstrations, you will have time to
make your own technical samples and/or finished jewellery projects
during the course. This class is appropriate for students with basic
metalsmithing skills as well as professionals. Course places are