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Fusing is joining metal without soldering. This workshop focuses on fusing Argentium sterling, and how to fuse good old regular sterling. Students will make two projects during class. First they will fuse Argentium links to make a bracelet with a toggle clasp, and then they will fuse sterling to make a charm or pendant.
Argentium Sterling is everything you wish you had in regular copper-based sterling silver: it’s more malleable, it fuses beautifully, it’s easier to polish after soldering, it isn't prone to fire stain when soldered, it hardens with low heat, and best of all – it doesn’t tarnish! Argentium has the best qualities of sterling and fine silver combined.
Because this alloy of silver and germanium behaves so differently from traditional sterling silver, it’s important to treat it like a new metal. Students will practice with Argentium as you make fused links for bracelets, earrings, chain, etc. You may just switch over to Argentium for all of your silver jewelry!
Take your sterling scrap and reinvent it as new jewelry. Fuse sheet into quilt-like patterns, add wire frames and decorative elements without any solder. Sterling doesn’t fuse as easily as Argentium, but with the right techniques as shown in class, you can fuse sterling instead of soldering.
• Introduction to Argentium
• Fusing Argentium
• How to fuse sterling silver
• Making chain links
All materials included and use of tools to complete the projects.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
If this class is sold out, please email us to be added to the waitlist.
Open to all levels. Beginners welcome!
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
|Upcoming Workshop Dates
|Sun. Dec 3||10AM-5PM|