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    Default Argentium extras

    I've been researching changing over to Argentium and have been surprised to be unable to find some of the things I need in the range Cooksons offer.

    None of the pickling chemicals recommended, no solder paste . . do you have any plans to stock these Cooksons or are you driving me towards other suppliers???

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    I've been pickling Argentium with alum with no problems so far. I would also be grateful for some paste though - it's ridiculously expensive having to get it from the US. That said, I mainly fuse it - it's a joy to do compared to fine or sterling

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    Normal safety pickle works fine for me. I've got some of the "proper" hard solder, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    I've been pickling Argentium with alum with no problems so far. I would also be grateful for some paste though - it's ridiculously expensive having to get it from the US. That said, I mainly fuse it - it's a joy to do compared to fine or sterling
    Ooo - that sounds good. I'd like to get back to fusing but with the thickness of gold (~0.2mm) I want to put on to silver I suspect the paste would be useful.

    Good to hear you've been getting on OK with 'normal' safety pickle ps_bond. That simplifies my life.

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    Fusing fine gold wire onto argentium is a doddle. No solder needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroleallen View Post
    Fusing fine gold wire onto argentium is a doddle. No solder needed.
    I'm using thin sheet so as much as anything else I don't want it to fly away! Anyway I'll have to experiment.

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    I don't think you'll have any problems with fusing thin fine gold sheet onto argentium as long as you flux it first with Auroflux.

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    So . . where has the argentium gone???
    Can anyone tell me what Cooksons are doing about this?

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    I vaguely remember a communication from Cooksons saying that they were phasing out Argentium. Of couse I shall be shot down in flames if I'm wrong but I do recall something earlier this year....

    Nick.

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    Thanks griffT.
    Yeh - I gather they've dumped it but missed the info.
    Now looking for other suppliers Cooksons <_<

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