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  Add to 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 I remove Liver of Sulphur patina from specific areas of my work only?
There are various ways of shining up certain bits of your work after adding a Liver of Sulphur patina. ...
What is the process for firing Copper clay with Dichroic glass?
The original copper clay (Copprclay or Hadar's clay) that needs to be fired in carbon can't really be combined with glass in one firing. The glass would pick up the carbon during firing . You could design something that allowed you to connect the glass element after the initial firing, like a traditional prong setting.  There are several reasons why Art Clay Copper Clay or Hadar\'s Quick Fire Copper Clay won\'t work with glass. It needs to be fired at a high temperature so the glass would probably liquify too much. Also the Art Clay Copper works best if you put it in a hot kiln so this would crack the glass due to thermal shock. After firing, it has to be dropped into cold water, another reason why it can\'t be used with glass. Question courtesy of Susan Potter...
What are the ingredients of Badger Balm?
Badger Balm is often recommended as a lubricant for your hands, work surfaces and tools to stop metal clay sticking. ...
How can I raise up a cabochon if the bezel is too high?
There are several ways of fitting a cabochon into a bezel that's not the perfect height. ...
How do I use Aura 22?
Adding gold to your metal clay work can be achieved in a number of ways. You can add gold foil using the Keum Boo process. You can also use Aura 22 or gold paste. This article contains the processes used for adding Aura 22 from three experienced metal clay artists and teachers - Pam East, "Sarasota Sarah" Triton and Mary Ellin D'Agostino....
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!...
How do I roll out a consistently thick slab of clay?
There are several ways of doing this. The simplest and most inexpensive way is to buy some playing cards and use these in equal piles on each side of the lump of clay as you roll it out. For instance, if you want a fairly thin piece of clay for a simple pendant or earrings, you could put a pile of three cards on each side of the clay and use these as a guide for your roller. ...
Butane Torch Tips
New metal clay artists normally start by using a butane torch for firing. This set of tips will help you get the best from your torch....
Photopolymer Plates for Enamelling Textures
Pam East uses Photo-polymer plates extensively both for making custom textures and images, and for champleve enameling. She's learned a lot about photo-polymer from Maggie Bergman, Tonya Davidson and many others. She's also developed a few tricks of her own along the way. Here are a few tips that may help....
How do I get an iridescent patina on metal clay?
Liver of sulphur mixed with various other things will give wonderful patina to your finished work. Katherine Palochak has a recipe for iridescent patina on Ganoksin. You can also use liver of sulphur mixed with brewed (not instant) coffee. This has been used to create some wonderful colours. Sometimes the quality of the water you use can also affect the outcome of your patina. Different minerals in the water can create some wonderful effects. ...