Posts from — May 2008
I must admit I have been hesitant about stocking real copper jewelry making components. Not sure why exactly, except for the fact that customers might not like the unpredictable nature of this metal as it will change (patina) color with time. But so can other metals. We have been stocking brass findings and beads plated with antique copper. This darker oxidized look is so popular. However with the interest in rosey karat gold in higher end jewelry fashion we've also seen this trend trickle down into the beading world. The real copper is pretty with some pink undertones. Also, another benefit is that it easy to work with , blends well with other colors and materials and is very cost effective. The hundred piece package of the 4mm copper beads sells for only $4.97. The 2x2mm copper crimps work like a charm and the 2 inch copper headpins are thin, accomodating smaller sized beads.
Here's some good news: These new copper components have a lacquer coating that provides a protective layer. This helps preserve the copper with anti-tarnish properties. I'll mention here that this layer is not a permanent solution and is dependent on care and body chemistry.
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May 21, 2008 No Comments