You may have noticed that I work in a variety of metals. Maybe you’ve wondered what the differences are (besides cost & color.)
This is the most common alloy of silver and most jewelry is made from it (unless it specifically says “fine” or .999.) It’s a specific mix of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper, though sometimes additional metals (such as germanium or nickel) are in the copper percentage. By adding the copper the silver becomes harder and stronger than if it were unalloyed.
Copper is a pure metal that can be found on the Periodic Table. It is extremely easy to work (malleable) which makes it perfect for fold forming. It has a nice orangey tone that can be either heat or chemically colored to give it almost any shade – yellow, brown, orange, red, purplish, green, etc.
This is an alloy of copper and tin that is similar to sterling in its working properties. It’s stronger than copper, but still has a nice warm brownish tone.
An alloy of copper and zinc, brass is both stronger and more brittle than copper or bronze (though this varies depending on the exact alloy percentages.) Usually a yellow tone, it can also be patinated to achieve different tones. This metal is much harder to work with. Brass is also used in a lot of industrial applications.
The hardest of the metals that I work with. It’s more difficult to form, solder (due to how dirty it gets), to polish, to pickle, to patina, and many people are allergic to it. But I love the challenge of it and the warm rich greys you can get from it.