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Daily Wire Tip: Silver Colored vs. Genuine Silver Wire Pieces
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I understand the difference between sterling and Argentium silver wire, and the much less expensive non-tarnish silver-colored copper wire. My question is: Unless I intend to solder the wire, would there be any other reason not to use the less expensive wire for wrapped loops, etc. in a wire-wrapped piece?
It just seems to me that as I would save money in supplies, that savings could be passed on to the customer, as well as the benefit of the non-tarnishing wire. But would that make my jewelry any less desirable on some other level?
-Donna in White Lake, Michigan
Actually Donna, there are many designs and stones that look great using alternative wires! Many of our Wire-Sculpture Faculty use alternative metals and have no challenges selling items created with them.
Just be sure to either label or tell the customer what the item is made with so you have no questions after the sale.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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