Argentium silver, developed in the 1990s for its whiteness, resistance to fire-stain and ability to be heat hardened, has very different working characteristics to standard silver alloys. Students will learn these characteristics and how to best use the properties of this new and exciting alloy in their jewellery making. Argentium is made from 100% recycled silver and is hypoallergenic.
You will experience several Argentium working techniques including annealing, fusing, granulation and soldering. The fusing capabilities of Argentium make it easy to fabricate with little or no solder.
Through the completion of a series of practical projects, you will learn and become familiar with the unique properties of Argentium silver and which tools are appropriate to use with it. You will work at your own pace and may complete as many or as few projects as you feel comfortable with. Projects will include a fused wire ring, a pendant with granulation and a pair of ear studs with soldered posts. If you have a particular design in mind this can be worked on after prior discussion with the tutor.
Potential problems and difficulties that may arise will be discussed and solutions suggested.
The tutor will discuss heat hardening and anti-tarnish treatment and when it is appropriate to harden and how best to incorporate Argentium into your own future work and increase your confidence and technical skills.
This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.
You will leave with at least one completed project; a ring, a pendant or a pair of ear studs, and a general understanding of how to begin working in Argentium silver.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Amanda Zoe is a designer maker and qualified teacher who studied metal at University of Brighton and returned there for PGCE. Amanda shares her time between teaching jewellery making, and designing and making her own work which she exhibits at galleries and contemporary craft shows. She is a member of the Sussex Guild.
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