Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Silver and Gold
I got into sterling wire a while back and I've been really happy with the pieces I've produced using it. Sterling is more flexible and stronger than base metal, making it a great, secure choice for setting coins and gems. And sterling has such a pretty, white glow . . . something I'd never noticed before I started making jewelry but real silver and silver colored base metals look TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Sterling is very pale, almost white . . . base metal is colder, more tin-y and metallic looking.
ANYHOW . . . I thought for the holidays since I'd already gotten my feet wet with sterling, why not try GOLD. Yep. Gold. I managed to score some reasonably priced 12k gold wire to play with (thank you Fire Mountain!) and, to keep my prices reasonable, I've finished off many of my gold pieces with heavily gold plated or gold filled findings.
I've used gold to make grape bunch earrings with freshwater pearls in different colors. To set ancient and medieval coins. And also to set Swarovski crystal drops. I've managed to sell three gold pieces so far, and I'm hoping they do well over the holidays. Gold is something I know I wouldn't usually splurge on for myself, but it makes a nice gift!
I was up all night last night fiddling with wire and pearls, so enjoy the photos and let me know what you all think :)