Using Brass in Your Jewelry Designs
by Kylie Jones
Brass has a similar color and feel to gold filled wire. The soft golden color is beautiful and the wire is fairly easy to form, not soft like copper, but still very workable. The problem with brass is that it oxidizes quickly and darkens with a mottled surface.
Instructions
Storing your brass in an airtight container will slow the process of oxidizing, but it will still tarnish even when stored well.

I use the 3m polishing papers to clean my brass. I have found that using fine sandpaper gives the wire a slightly matte sheen and I prefer the glossy look that the polishing papers give the wire. You can use up old pieces of polishing paper, they still remove the tarnish.

Once you have made your jewelry you will either need to constantly re-polish it or coat it with something to block the air and moisture. I use a natural beeswax lip balm to create a barrier to slow the tarnish. The natural beeswax lip balm is already made to a usable consistency and it shouldn't react even with sensitive skin. You don't need to smother the brass in wax, a little bit does go a long way.
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Kylie Jones's Using Brass in Your Jewelry Designs - , General Education, , using brass in jewelry design

Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Yellow Brass Wire
H1-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.21
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Red Brass Wire
H3-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.24
  • Gold Club Price: $0.93
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18 Gauge Round Half Hard Red Brass Wire
H3-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.90
  • Gold Club Price: $0.67
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18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Yellow Brass Wire
H1-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.76
  • Gold Club Price: $0.57
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Red Brass Wire
H3-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.48
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard Yellow Brass Wire
H1-20H
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  • Price: $0.55
  • Gold Club Price: $0.42
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Tools

10X10 Inch Selvyt Gembright Polishing Cloth Red - Pack of 1
G9-63
  • G9-63
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  • Price: $10.57
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Sunshine Polishing Clothes, Bulk Pack of 5
G9-4B-5PK
  • G9-4B-5PK
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  • Price: $12.50
  • Gold Club Price: $9.38
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Sunshine Polishing Clothes, Pack of 10
G9-4-10PK
  • G9-4-10PK
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  • Price: $25.95
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WireJewelry Ultra Pro Micro Abrasive Polishing Pads, 20 pack
G9-5-20PK
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education