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    Default Flux - which one for which metal?

    Hello

    I am a total beginner and am trying to figure out materials and equipment. I was, therefore, hoping the more experienced of you out there would be so kind to tell me which types / brands of flux you are using for
    • silver
    • gold
    • white gold
    • and platinum


    Is anyone working with Argentium? If so, please add that to the list.

    As always, many thanks for your kind contributions in advance. I might not be able to thank everyone immediately, but I will as soon as I can.

    Regards

    Pider

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    Borax
    Borax
    Borax
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    Argentium gets borax too.

    Yes, there's plenty of other fluxes, I've tried most of them and I go back to borax.

    If you're a total beginner, please just stick with one metal and learn that first - silver, for example. Platinum is a whole other world to deal with.

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    For gold and silver the traditional flux is borax.
    However many members use Auflux, which is a yellow liquid dispensed from a bottle. It is convenient, and tends to bubble less when heated.
    There is a dedicated yellow liquid for Argentium, but I suspect it is the same stuff.
    I have no experience of platinum. Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 14-07-2023 at 08:58 PM.

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    As above Borax, I use Argentium all them time, I do not like the dedicated Argentium flux.

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    Thank you to everyone. That's been very helpful.

    Thank you also for the advice to stick to one metal. Yes, I am a total beginner, and I will heed that.

    Peider

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