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Jump directly to illustration of gold-fill vs. gold plate.What are Elements and Alloys? Metals can be elements or alloys. Elements are the basic building blocks of chemistry. Examples of elements: Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, iron (Fe), copper (Cu) and niobium (Nb).Lead (Pb) is an element that was popular for 1,000's of years as an ingredient in casting alloys (and some other alloys) because it makes some metals softer, less brittle and/or helps them melt at lower temperatures. Lead is now known …
Dec 2nd 2021 Polly Nobbs-LaRue

Nickel-Free Metals

What is "Nickel Free"?The term "nickel free" can be confusing since jewelry marked nickel free is still allowed to contain a very small amount of nickel ... but it is such a tiny amount that it takes extremely sensitive instruments to measure it. The European Union's (EU) Nickel Directive limits the amount of nickel that may be released onto the skin from jewelry and other products. This type of measurement is distinct from measuring the percentage of nickel that exists in an alloy's composition …
Oct 27th 2021 Polly Nobbs-LaRue

Jewelry-Making Materials

We strive to provide you with clear, honest information, in a complicated and ever-changing world of jewelry-making materials.Our products are made of over 500 different materials (various semi-precious gemstones are over 200 of these), and our website has been growing and changing since 1996 -- so it can be a challenge to keep this all updated and easy to find! The materials defined below account for approximately 80% of the items in our website, and we're adding more all the time!&nb …
Sep 22nd 2021 Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Metal Clay 101

Metal Clay 101

Learn the basics of what metal clay is, and how to make your own custom beads, jewelry findings, and small art objects with this exciting craft medium. Find details about various brands including firing schedules and usage tips for Art Clay Silver (ACS silver clay), Precious Metal Clay (PMC silver clay), WHITE COPPRclay, original COPPRclay brand copper clay, and BRONZclay brand bronze clay. You can also shop our line of metal clays (while they last!) and firing supplies.What is Metal Clay?M …
Mar 2nd 2015 Rings & Things Staff