Types of Silver Wire

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UnkamenSupplies guide to silver wire

One of the most confusing things about silver wire is that silver is both a METAL and a COLOR.  There are many types of wire that are silver in color, although they have no trace of the metal silver in them.

Let me explain.  We offer several types of “silver” wire.  This first set is the metals that actually have silver in them, and their less expensive alternatives.

Types of silver wire

  • Non-Tarnish Silver Plate 
    • This is a wonderful pick for pieces that will get light-to-medium wear such as earrings or necklaces. It is non tarnishing and easy to work with due to the copper base. It has a slightly warm tone, so is not a perfect match, but is one of the least expensive options.

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Tip of the Week – Sterling Silver Alternatives

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We all love working in sterling silver, don’t we? The bright, white silver finish, the classy look, the ease of soldering and the option of oxdizing. But the price can be a reality check! The higher, volatile price of Sterling Silver has caused many customers and myself to seek out alternatives. Here I will outline SEVEN!

1 – Non Tarnish Silver Plate

This is a wonderful pick for pieces that will get light-to-medium wear such as earrings or necklaces. It is non tarnishing and easy to work with due to the copper base. It has a slightly warm tone, so is not a perfect match, but is one of the least expensive options.

2 – Half Hard Fine Silver with a Copper Core

This Fine Silver Wire is a great substitute for sterling silver wire. Why? It has a thicker silver plating, several times thicker than “German Style” wire or any…

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Metal Durability

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Do you ever wonder how long your jewelry will last before it starts to wear?  It’s important to know how long a piece can be expected to last.  A lot of that starts with the type of jump rings, or wire, you use.  Solid metals don’t have a coating that can wear off, but they are often much more expensive and are able to tarnish.  With solid metals you’re also limited by the colors of the actual metal.   Coated, plated, filled, and anodized wire solve many of these issues.  Gold Filled and Silver Filled wires allow you to work with precious metals at a much more reasonable cost.  Non-Tarnish wire allows you to work with solid metal without having to worry about it tarnishing or oxidizing.  Enamel Coated Copper and Anodized Aluminum wire come in every color imaginable.  Anodized Niobium and Titanium are colorful and strong hypoallergenic metals that I absolutely…

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