Tip of the Week – Sterling Silver Alternatives

Unkamen Supplies Blog

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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