Introduction to Argentium Granulation

Instructor:  Marilyn O'Hara

Discover how to use this innovative new metal in your work.  Argentium Sterling is an alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver. This material does not firescale, is highly tarnish resistant, is more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling, fuses, welds, and granulates more easily than traditional sterling or fine silver, and can be hardened using a kitchen oven or kiln. During this course you will learn a variety of techniques including annealing, fusing, granulating, and hardening Argentium Sterling Silver sheet and wire.

This class is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing skills, as well as professionals. Students must know how to use the torch without instruction.

 

 Students need to bring:

Notebook

Magnifying Glasses, if needed
Jewelers Saw

2/0 or 3/0 blades
Charcoal block (new or resurfaced)
Needle files
Half Round pliers
Chain Nose pliers
Flat or Parallel pliers
Round Nose pliers
Hand Shears

Tweezers, fine tip

Soldering Tweezers
Sharpie
Wire cutter (flush cutting provide best result)

 

Students may purchase kits from instructor with advanced notice. (By Tuesday July 12th)

Argentium Kit $20

Includes:

1” x 3” - 22ga Argentium sheet

3ft - 20 ga Argentium wire

 

Material Kit $15

Includes:

5/0 red sable brush

Yellow flux

Gosiba patina