June 21, 2012

Soldered Blanks. No Fire Involved!

How many of you like the idea of soldering to achieve a layered look, but don't want to play with fire (literally)? We've heard from a lot of folks that fall squarely into this camp, and we're excited to announce our Soldered Layered Blanks just for you!
These blanks have been in the works for a long time, and we're sure they were worth the wait. Our number one commitment to you is quality, and the first order we received had to be sent back because things weren't up to par. When we tried stamping on them, we found that they didn't quite have enough solder to withstand the blow. 

The second batch arrived and we got to work testing them out. We've been whacking away on these and have found what works and what you should avoid doing. Since you're stamping on both layers together, you have to be careful not to stamp too hard or too many times on the top blank. If you do, the pieces will come apart. 

Our best results came from stamping one design or one small word on the top blank, as you can see in the picture above. One thing you'll want to stay away from is using the period/dot stamp. We found that it applies so much impact in one spot that the top blank often pops off, so we don't recommend using it. These blanks are all soldered by hand, so if you do have one that comes apart, contact our Customer Service department and we will happily send you a replacement. 

These blanks come in two metal combinations -- copper/sterling and sterling/sterling -- and four different shapes. And if you think the all-sterling ones are boring, think again. Check out what our Product Manager did with these two pieces using Silver Black. I love the brushed metal look! If you haven't ever used Silver Black, be sure to watch our informative product video first!

So what are you waiting for? Add dimension to your necklaces, bracelets, and even wine charms with these Soldered Layered Blanks!

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