Is Argon Gas Necessary for Welding with the Orion Micro Welder?

Is Argon Gas Necessary for Welding with the Orion Micro Welder?

Is Argon gas necessary to weld successfully with the Orion Micro Welder? Does the use of argon gas eliminate oxidation and fire scale as promised by the manufacturer?

In this video I will share a comprehensive product review of the argon gas feature for the Orion Micro Welder, and discusses more specifically, welding permanent bracelets.

The points discussed are: 

  • what is argon gas
  • what is argon gass supposed to do for welding
  • how much will a regulator, argon gas tank, refill cost
  • how difficult is the argon gas and regulator to set up 
  • how effective is argon gas welding on different metals and surfaces
  • a comparison welding of silver and gold filled, rings and patterned chains, with and without the argon gas
  • cleaning hack if you don’t want to buy the argon gas   

I bought my tank and refilled the argon gas at Linde Canada (formerly Praxair) – they have locations throughout USA, but I think local welding supply stores would have argon.

Please let me know what you think of this video and whether you have a trick of using the argon gas to completely eliminate oxidation (fire scales) when welding using the Orion Micro Welder.  

Components I used:

Sterling Silver Jump Ring 4mm 22ga FJ0LS

Gold Filled Jump rings 4mm 22ga FJ0KG

Sterling Silver Beading chain