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Daily Wire Tip July 21: Soldering Argentium Silver
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
July 21, 2010
I have a Sterling Silver Celtic Love Knot pinky ring I have worn since 1969. Recently it broke, slit straight in the center back, the thickness being 2mm. I bought a “pencil torch,” and was wondering if I could use it with Argentium silver 20-gauge wire to “solder” the silver onto the back on the ring. I have Argentium silver 20-gauge in half hard and dead soft round wires. Has anyone solder-repaired jewelry like this, and if not, what other options might I try myself?
Thank you all kindly in advance.
-Dtya in Mankato, Minesota
Although in traditional wire jewelry design we do not solder, I did some research for you.
For the best results, Argentium solder should be used to solder Argentium, with low temperatures and standard soldering fluxes. For more information, simply do an Internet search using the phrase “soldering Argentium.” I wish you the best with repairing your sentimental treasure.
If it were me, I would take it to someone experienced so I could be sure to have my repaired item for a long time.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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