I had never worked with this material before and was eager to start playing. I work mainly in sterling silver, gold-filled, and copper. Sterling silver and gold-filled are both harder than copper.
|Silver Filled Jump Rings|
|Jump Ring Maker above.|
|Above are as pair of Mahler's Byzantine Diamond Earrings.|
The jump rings had a nice snap to them when they were closed and the Byzantine Diamond came together without a hitch. I then proceeded to oxidize the Diamond in liver of sulfur, scrub the surface clean with pro polish pad, and throw it back in the tumbler to shine it back up. If I didn’t know it was silver filled, I would have never guessed that it was not sterling.
I have been won over by the silver filled wire. It seems like an excellent alternative to sterling. As a chainmaille instructor, I usually provide the jump ring kits for my students in sterling. Which at $40 something per ounce, I can no longer afford to do. I thought I would have to start using copper or stop providing kits altogether. Now I’m gonna switch to silver filled.
* Colin Mahler teaches more than a dozen chainmaille classes for Beaducation. Many of her extraordinairy designs can be purchased on her website as well.