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November 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm 3 comments

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:

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May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm 6 comments

How to use Precious Metal Clay

Learn to use Metal Clay, FREE, online!


by Elaine Luther

This is your guide to learning to create with Precious Metal Clay online, 100% for free. I’ve searched the web for the best of free videos and how-tos, and even more importantly, I’m presenting them to you here in a logical order.

The internet is full of free information, but when you’re a beginner, how do you know how to harness that information?

I was inspired to create this tutorial by the concept of a web quest, a teaching tool.

According to, “a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.”

In this web adventure, I present excellent resources on beginning to work with metal clay, in a logical order. Let’s get started!

Tools You Need

Supplies for Beginning Working with Metal Clay

Top Ten Tools for Metal Clay

Precious Metal Clay, Getting Started and Beyond

How to Work the Clay

Videos from Art Jewelry Magazine: MUST BE A REGISTERED USER, registration is free
Metal Clay

Repairing a Break In Metal Clay

Making Metal Clay Paste

Texturing Metal Clay

More on textures

Rolling & Cutting Metal Clay

Liver of Sulfur Patina

Making Lavender-Oil Paste For Metal Clay

Firing Metal Clay with a Handheld Butane Torch

Getting Started with PMC pdf, PMC

Video Clips

Rolling Coils

Choosing Combustible Cores

Relatively Simple First Project:

Rehydrating Dryish Clay

Reconstituting Metal Clay

Add gold foil using Keum boo

Stone setting

Overview of choices

Using tabbed bezel wire from Metal Clay Findings

Embed prong setting, fire in place, set stone after firing

(free pdf project at Art Jewelry)

Setting Stone using a recessed bezel cup

Stone setting using a plaster plug and making your own fine silver bezel wire (can be made to fit any cabochon stone)

How to Torch Fire
Video Clips:

Video, how to torch fire MUST BE A REGISTERED USER

Which Torch is Best

How To Kiln Fire

How to Tumble-polish

How to add Liver of Sulphur

How to add Liver of Sulphur without dipping

Liver of Sulfur Patina

Iridescent Patina
by Katherine Palochak

Additional skills to use with metal clay:

Make your polymer clay texture plates

Make your own photopolymer plates

Video by Tonya Davidson:

Dry Metal Clay? It Could Be Your Hands (and what to do about it)

What else? Have I missed any essential skill? A great tutorial that you know about? Tell me, and the world, by posting a comment below, and feel free to post the url of the great tutorial you recommend. Thanks!

Learn to use Metal Clay, FREE, online! by Elaine Luther is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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