Posts tagged ‘Chainmail’

All about Argentium sterling silver

feature of the week 


argentium sheet

Argentium Sterling Silver is a modern sterling silver alloy which modifies the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with Germanium. As it retains the same 92.5% silver content, it is still sterling silver.

 Germanium is a crystalline semi-metallic element which is found naturally in small amounts in silver, copper and zinc ores, as well as in the mineral, germanite. The germanium forms an invisible film on the surface of silver alloy. This film prevents oxygen from reaching any tarnishable metals, such as copper, employed to harden the pure silver.

 Germanium was discovered to impart the following properties to sterling silver:

  1. High tarnish resistance(An excellent selling point for your silver jewellery)
  2. Firescale elimination
  3. Increased ductility
  4. Increased thermal and electrical resistance (making alloys suitable for welding and laser forming)
  5. Environmental advantages (associated with not having to remove or plate over firescale)

 The absence of firescale eliminates time-consuming steps required by the silversmith when working with sterling silver

Argentium Silver is the result of research begun in 1990 and perfected in 1996 by Peter Johns at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University, England. The University owns the patent and licenses its production. Argentium Silver is patented and trademarked by Argentium Silver Company, UK..

As for working with Argentium Sterling, artisans who forge and weld sterling need to be aware of certain differences between Argentium and traditional sterling silver (e.g. lower melting point), but those who merely incorporate Argentium findings or wire into their jewelry will not find it any different to work with. 

 argentium wire




 Argentium wire it is a bit stiffer than sterling silver. So if you make wirework jewellery it is recommended you use dead soft Argentium wire.

 Links about Argentium silver:

Official website:

 Useful links:

May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm 6 comments

How to do Beadwork



                                                                                                                                                                                        This weeks feature is on Beadwork: find all about beadwork weaves

and stitches from Emma Warrillow, an Australian living in England

and has been beading for many years; as well as beadwork she has

dabbled in wirework and bead stringing.




ggb2Visit her Website/blog:



Learn how to do netted beadwork, peyote stitch, brick, herringbone as well as

right and left angled weaves, (scroll down the page to ‘Learn Beadwork Links’ )




 Free Beading Tutorials


Beading Forums and Groups

 Beading Book Authors and Their Books



March 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm 2 comments

How to make chainmail from scratch

longcanyon-jwlryA handy list of chainmaile and wire wrapping resources from

 Includes how to make jump rings, recommended ring sizes for chainmaile weaves, aspect ratio of jump rings, and wire gauge charts.

February 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm 1 comment

Jewellery making tools video tutorial


Here’s a great list of video tutorials on essential jewellery making tools from Connie Fox at

Connie Fox – Video Jewelry Tutorials


 For making chainmail click on the Wire Winder link  


February 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm 1 comment

4 of the Best Chainmail instruction sites on Net


Check out these four best chainmaile sites on the Net:

M.A.I.L. – Maille Artisans International League – Articles – Chainmaille Tutorials & Graphics


Spiderchain – Links -index

January 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

How to make chainmail


Learn how to make Spiral Pattern, European 4 in 1, Byzantine and half-persian chainmail.

Jewellerymaker’s Chainmail video collection

November 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

How to make european pattern 4-1 chainmail

Here’s 2 different ways to make european pattern 4 in 1 chainmail, see which style suits you best:













April 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm 1 comment

How to make Japanese chainmail



 Try out these amazing chainmail patterns from Artofchainmail:

February 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm 1 comment

How to make simple chainmail earrings

Check out this informative video tutorial from

November 21, 2007 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

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