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November 8th, 2008


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05:25 pm
I am now officially one of the Big Boys in jewelry making (heh)- I now have a Stuller account! I haven't really needed one before; my work and their products don't have a lot of overlap, so I hadn't seen the need.

But lately, I have heard tell that one of their nickel-bearing white gold alloys has both reasonable working properties and a nice white color! So I did the work to set up an account and buy some mill products made of it, so I can see whether it's something I can possibly use.

I am planning on making both a Mobius ring and some filigree out of it- both uses that require reasonable malleability in order not to drive the maker mad. I will report back on my results, but I'm excited about the experiments!

It won't get rid of one of my concerns about nickel white gold- that of nickel being an allergen. Still, I do get requests from people who arent; concerned about that but who do want a nice white color, and this would fill that gap. If it works OK.

ETA (Edited to Add): I neglected to mention the HUGE number of catalogs Stuller sent me. Yikes! I joked with my husband that his "box of bricks" had arrived, since it was raining and I hadn't really looked at the sender- just noticed that the box weighed a TON. Wow, though! Catalogs of everything I can imagine. It will be fun to peruse them in my off-hours.

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From:simbel_myne
Date:November 9th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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congratulations!
yay for catalogs
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:November 11th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
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I must admit to being pretty overwhelmed. :)
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From:fub
Date:November 9th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
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I dislike huge paper catalogues. They're too big to comfortably handle, it is often hard to find that one thing you're looking for, and if you do, there's not schematic or photo to tell you that this is really the thing you need.
I prefer online catalogues myself.
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:November 11th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
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Interesting! because I LIKE paper catalogs. I like to page through them, and find stuff serendipitously that I didn't know I wanted, but that I might, or that gives me ideas. Online browsing is fabulous when I KNOW what I want- but less good for ideas and inspiration, at least for me.
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From:metalsmitten
Date:November 10th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
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stuller has an amazing amount of sheer crappery. :P

i think for every 1 of their pre-fab pieces that i sorta like, there's 100 that i'm aghast that someone somewhere would actually buy.

their stones are pretty nice though for the most part.

let us know how playing with the new metal goes :) which alloy is it?
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:November 11th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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I admit I am not into the pure "bling" the way many seem to be. :) Nor am I planning to buy much pre-fab stuff. Still- they do have some tings like mill goods and settings that loor pretty cool, and their stones look yummy.

The nickel white alloy I'm about to play with is the X-1. A couple of people on Orchid said that it actually had decent working properties; while I'm happy to promote palladium white in general, some people just want whiter- so if this works for my sort of stuff, I'll be quite happy.

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