I have been experimenting with torch fired enameling on Argentium 935 sheet and 960 Pro cast pieces. We just completed a class at JSI in Torch Fired Enameling with Werner Cronauer. I have been very pleased with the results. The flowers were cast 960 Pro with 18k gold granules fused around the center and then fired the enamels on a wire screen 4 times. Colors stayed true. I did no pickling except just to make the 18k gold balls clean. The rest required no pickling. The next piece is also 960 Pro cast piece.
This piece was fired 6 times:
The following are projects done by students:
These castings are not pickled. They each cast beautifully and any I think one of them is superior to traditional sterling silver. The Argentium and the Sterlium seem to be more firescale resistant than the Continuum. The Argentium and the Sterlium are very white. The downside of Sterlium for me is the lack of fusing ability. The Sterlium will NOT fuse while the Argentium fuses like a dream. I am able to cast something in sections, fuse them together then granulate.
One of the advantages of Argentium is the ability to fuse. Because the pieces were fused together rather than soldering, there will never be a seam visible! And the piece can then be granulated since there is no solder used.
Multiple solders to create these two projects. I used Med/Hard Argentium Solder.