metal clay, art clay, pmc, bronze clay, copper clay, steel clay
FAQ HomeFAQAsk us a QuestionSave your Favorites
Metal Clay Academy Excellence in Art Clay and Precious Metal Clay PMC
Search Advanced Search
Categories
Beginners (49)
Advanced (14)
Glass (2)
Hollow Forms (1)
Patina and Colours (8)
Stones (8)
Technical (30)
Training (2)
Firing (9)
Finishing (10)
Business (3)
Money saving tips (3)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
What is Argentium Silver?

Argentium Sterling Silver is a patented and trademarked alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver like regular sterling silver. What makes it different from regular sterling silver is that a small amount of germanium replaces some of the copper that is usually the other 7.5% of a sterling silver alloy. Peter Johns, a professor of silversmithing at Middlesex University in England, invented it in 1996.

The main advantage of working with Argentium Sterling Silver is that it is not subject to firescale like normal sterling silver. Although it does oxidise like sterling, this is easily removed by pickle. It is also more resistent to tarnish than sterling.

For more information, you can ready an article about  Argentium® Sterling Silver by Cynthia Eid, published in the Society of North American Goldsmiths Tech News, and available on her website.

The official site by the manufacturer are ArgentiumSilver.info. You might find their Questions and Answers section particularly helpful, as it covers the most common technical questions.

Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Delete from Favorites 
Article ID: 10001 Article Created: 06-11-2008 07:25 AM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
How do you make hinges?
This article contains information about resources for making hinges....
What are the problems associated with quenching hot metal clay?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been quenched, you may find that moisture has got trapped in the metal. When you heat it again, especially if you heat it fast, the moisture turns to steam and may cause a blister on the surface. You need to dry the piece thoroughly if you have quenched the metal following the initial firing.It is also important to remember that you should not quench a piece which has glass or stones as part of the design. The sudden change in temperature from the firing to the cold water may cause shock and the stone or glass could be damaged or break entirely. Leave your piece to air cool, it should only take a few minutes....
I used a steel pin to seal my syringe and now the clay is black. What happened?
Steel reacts badly with metal clay and causes this black reaction. It is not advisable to use the clay. In future use a piece of silver wire to seal the syringe or store it with the tip standing in water....
What is PMC?
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. PMC can be worked in the fingers and with simple tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces unobtainable or laborious with traditional metalwork techniques. When it is heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid metal that can be sanded, soldered, colored and polished like conventional material.    From the Mitsubishi Materials website...
How can I stop metal clay sticking to my hands and tools?
There are several ways of preventing the sticking of metal clay....
What can I do with lots of slip?
There are a number of things you can use slip for apart from the usual things. ...
How do I remove enamel from my silver clay piece?
Pam East's book Enameling on Metal Clay: Innovative Jewelry Projects outlines this process. Here Pam gives some basic information to consider....
How do you find the balance point on a pendant?
Here is a quickie solution to finding the balance of a pendant, symmetrical or asymmetrical. This is by Lorrene Davis ...
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!...
Aura 22 Tip from Celie Fago
This tip was received by Judi Weers directly from Celie Fago. This was posted on the Yahoo! Metal Clay Group and is courtesy of Judi Weers...