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Daily Wire Tip May 26: Sterling Silver Alternatives?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
May 26, 2011
Hello Dale, I love this site and have learned so much from you. I do a lot of wire wrapping and since the precious metals have become more and more expensive I was wondering if you know of an alternative to Sterling Silver. I really love Sterling Silver, but in our climate I have really become weary of the tarnishing and was wondering if there is a wire that will give me the look of Sterling but won’t tarnish, and is also a bit more reasonable in the price range. I often use Sterling necklaces as well as silver plated by the foot for my necklaces and am really interested in changing over to another option. Silver plated items get this awful yellow tint really easily and it is not as easy to clean that. I really hope you can help me! Thanks.
-Daniela in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Thanks Daniela! (I don’t know about this one though.)
I believe you are asking me if there is an alternative to sterling silver that is not only tarnish resistant, but is also less expensive, “white” in color, and not plated. I would say Argentium® silver because it is tarnish resistant, but it is a tad more expensive than sterling. Although you have ruled out anything plated, you might try Silver Colored Silver Plated Copper Wire, which has an anti-tarnish coating on it.
The only other solution would be nickel silver. Nickel silver, or German silver, isn’t silver at all, but composed of copper, zinc and nickel. However, a lot of people are allergic to copper and/or nickel.
Let me ask our fellow wire artists, have I missed something folks?
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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