Argentium Silver Purity 935
These ready-to-use Argentium Silver granules are a time-saving way to create jewellery designs.
Argentium sterling has other wonderful qualities beyond the absence of firescale.
It’s highly tarnish resistant, it’s more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling and it can be easily fused and welded.
Argentium sterling findings can be fired into metal clay, and many people who are allergic to traditional sterling silver are able to wear Argentium sterling.
Overall, working with Argentium sterling isn’t much different from working with traditional sterling silver.
But there are some real differences, so it’s best to go in knowing what to expect.
Argentium sterling has a melting point around 60 degrees lower than that of traditional sterling silver. Therefore, it has a lower annealing temperature range of 566-621°C.
Argentium sterling doesn’t cool as quickly as traditional sterling and shouldn’t be quenched when it’s red-hot.
Wait a few seconds before quenching a small piece of metal. Wait longer for a large piece.
A soft sizzle when the silver goes into the water is okay; it shouldn’t seem like an explosion. Then again, it is true that the sooner Argentium sterling is quenched, the softer it is;
so, you might choose between softness and risk of shock cracks or warpage depending on the situation and your personal sense of concern about those factors.