No picture today...:-(
I had a new idea and wanted to try it out today. I didn't have enough Argentium silver to finish the project...so I dug down deep into my drawers and found a 1/2 sheet of Sterling silver.
I must say...after not working with Sterling for a while I can REALLY tell a difference.
I didn't like Argentium very much at first. It was WAY to brittle for me!!..but after I figured out how to solder with it...and to be really careful with it when it's hot...I started working in it all the time. So after digging out my old Sterling silver and working with it...I can really tell the difference in the color. The Argentium is so much whiter than Sterling...which is prettier to me. It looks more like fine silver, which I LOVE!!! It is also purer, has a longer shine than Sterling silver, and is ALWAYS resourced responsibly, which is not always the case with Sterling silver. Okay...so I am starting to sound like a commercial...can you tell I like the stuff?? So if you haven't tried working with it or wearing the Argentium silver you should definitely try it. Below is a list of Argentium resources:
Argentium Silver.com - http://www.argentiumsilver.com/
Silversmithing.com - http://www.silversmithing.com/1argentium.htm
I better get back to tending to my thumb...I drilled a hole in it today...silly me...won't do that anymore:-)
BTW...I enameled on a piece of Argentium about 2 years ago...and it still looks GREAT!!!
One more thing...I purchase my Argentium from Hauser and Miller here in St. Louis...but there are other suppliers as well.