I purchased some Argentium sheet the other day and got to work making a plain band without reading any instructions.
I soldered and quenched my metal. Then came disbelief as small cracks appeared from my hammer blows.
I thought to play around with fusing some metal shapes over the cracks, like band-aids. What did I have to loose at this point?
I had heard that Argentium fuses nicely, and wow, by nicely, they mean, like you dream about!
I used stainless steel wire to secure the metal, then just heated until it collapsed fusing to the ring.
OK, at this point I did go and read the directions on Cynthia Eids Website, and yes, red-hot quenching is bad, let it cool down a lot, then get it wet.
I then got bold and wired on four pieces of metal at once.
Argentium is very fragile when it is red-hot. It will break in half from pressure. So when I fused each of these shapes to the ring, I waited for it to cool down, turned the ring, then fused the next shape.
I did put My-T Flux along the edges of all the pieces and didn’t bother with any pickling until all the pieces where fused to the ring shank.
I love fusing, but always found it problematic with sterling because I would tend to overheat the pieces to get a full fuse.
Argentium offers a wider temperature range for fusing and does so at a cooler temp, which is why the ring did not slump.
Check out Ganoksin’s instructions for working with Argentium.
Please comment below if you have any advice to give on working with Argentium fusing or any questions you might have regarding the process. I will try to help if I can.
Kind Regards, Holly