I just started making jewelry from brass. The brass I use is 230 alloy brass. It is sometimes referred to as jewelers brass. The type of brass has a close appearance to gold, …. for a few weeks, then is starts to tarnish. Gold does not tarnish.
I still like the finished product. The color is excellent. I think, both copper and brass lend themselves to rustic looking jewelry. This piece has a hand hammered wood grain texture. The inside is polished for a smooth fit and feel. It has a nice rustic look and a sophisticated feel.
So why not use gold? Well there are several factors involved in using gold. The first is cost. At roughly $1,250 an ounce for gold, and jewelers brass at $.90 an ounce, one can see there is a BIG difference in price. Scrap is the other big factor. One needs to be set up to handle precious metals. I am not…yet.
So for now copper and brass will be my metals of choice. They are easy to work with and both finish well. Besides, I think both metals work better for rustic looking jewelry. For some reason gold and rustic just do not seem to fit together.
Thanks for reading.