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Yellowish haze on fused argentium


#1

yellow something on my Argentium fused cuffs

anyone notice a yellowish hazy look on fused or fabricated argentium
work?

zev


#2

My first question would be: “What kind of laundry detergent do you
use?”


#3

Hi Zed,

anyone notice a yellowish hazy look on fused or fabricated
argentium work? 

When are you seeing this? Discoloration after heating, such as
annealing, soldering, fusing, or hardening is normal, and is removed
by pickling. Did you pickle after fusing? If this is happening
later, did you heat after polishing? Did you use a Goddard’s Long
Shine Silver Cloth as a final polish? This cloth contains thiols,
which further retard tarnish.

Cynthia Eid
http://www.cynthiaeid.com


#4
My first question would be: "What kind of laundry detergent do you
use?" 

This is intriguing to say the least! I meant to answer this
yesterday, as I have experienced the same yellow haze on fused
Argentium too. I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t always happen.
I wonder what it is? To be honest, I tend to treat it more like
standard sterling these days, and often fuse it with standard
sterling, and so I firecoat with Prips. I don’t notice the yellow
haze when I do this. I’m not advocating this to others necessarily,
as it’s not the standard practice for Argentium, but I’m happy with
doing it, as there’s not yellow coating to try and polish away.

Anyone else?

Helen
UK


#5

I missed the post, so please forgive if I’m answering in an absurd
manner. But, the title says that the argentium had a yellowish haze
when fused. That is tarnish.

When we first started making argentium jump rings, we couldn’t get
it in half-hard temper, so we baked it in the oven. The resulting
baked wire had a yellowish tint which was tarnish. A dip in an acid
jewelry cleaner removed it immediately.

It’s nothing to worry about, but the heat is what caused it. It just
needs a bit of clean-up.

Susan
Sun Country Gems LLC
http://www.suncountrygems.com


#6
I don't know what it is, but it doesn't always happen. I wonder
what it is? 

It is tarnish, Argentium will tarnish it is just slower than
standard sterling silver to do so. A quick polish or a dip in Tarnex
will remove it.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts