This double-clad dead-soft, 1/10 silver-filled sheet offers the benefit of having fabrication metal on hand when you need it; custom-cut it to the exact size and shape your design requires. Dead-soft sheet is easy to bend, shape and hammer; it is an ideal starting point for forming, shaping and wrapping. Keep in mind that hardness is changeable (by annealing or heat-hardening) and is relative among metal types (each temper will feel and handle differently from one metal to another). When finishing your pieces, also keep in mind that the harder the metal is, the brighter a finish it will take.
18-gauge sheet is useful for pendants, mid- and narrow-width ring shanks and for cuff bracelets. As you know, metal sheet has as many uses as there are jewelers and designers who use it to achieve their vision; these suggested uses simply represent some of the more common applications of this metal weight.
Order in sizes up to 3" x 36" (one dimension must be 3"). Minimum purchase is 3" x 2-3/4".
Enjoy the look and workability of sterling silver at a much more affordable price with silver-filled material. The thickness of the sterling silver overlay on this high-quality sterling silver-filled sheet constitutes a full 1/10th of its overall weight (twice the content of 1/20 silver-filled sheet of the same gauge). This thicker silver layer lets you form the metal, polish it—even do light engraving—without exposing the brass underneath. Because this material is double-clad, the total silver weight is divided in half; one half is bonded to the top side of the substrate and one half to the bottom side.
The sterling is bonded to a brass substrate (CDA #220; 90% copper/10% zinc) over thin inner liners of nickel (typically 0.1%, by weight) that prevents the silver from diffusing into the brass. Because of the difference in color between the brass substrate and the silver exterior, this material also offers some design possibilities when treated as a bi-metal. By strategically sanding, cutting, polishing and so on, you can create some incredible, unusual effects.
• All silver-filled raw materials are shipped with an informative technical data sheet.
• Because the silver content is divided between the two sides of the sheet, the layer on each side will be approximately half the thickness of that on a single-clad sheet.
• We strive to measure quantities ordered as closely as possible; however, due to manufacturing tolerances at the mill, please allow for a ±10% variance when ordering.