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Introduction to Argentium Granulation

CGD Instructor:  Marilyn O'Hara

Discover how to use this innovative new metal in your work.  Argentium Sterling is an alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver. This material does not firescale, is highly tarnish resistant, is more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling, fuses, welds, and granulates more easily than traditional sterling or fine silver, and can be hardened using a kitchen oven or kiln. During this course you will learn a variety of techniques including annealing, fusing, granulating, and hardening Argentium Sterling Silver sheet and wire.

This class is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing skills, as well as professionals. Students must know how to use the torch without instruction.

Workshop Fee:  $115

Students may purchase the following kits from instructor with advanced notice, by Sunday August 14:

Argentium Kit Fee:  $25, which includes:

1.5" x 2” 22ga Argentium sheet

4ft 20ga Argentium wire


Material Kit Fee:  $15, which includes: 

5/0 red sable brush

Yellow flux

Gosiba patina



Plastic Tray


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Students should bring:

Paint brush for flux
Shears or Joyce Chen scissors
Tweezers fine tip
Soldering Tweezers
Jewelers Saw and 2/0 or 3/0 blades
Charcoal block (new or resurfaced)
Needle files
Half round pliers
Chain nose pliers
Flat or parallel pliers
Round nose pliers
*Sharpie (not fine tip)
Wire cutter (flush cutting best)
Magnifying glasses if needed
¾” 3M wheels if you have them

Earlier Event: August 15
Clay Apprenticeship
Later Event: August 22
Clay Apprenticeship