Bring a new dimension to your designs with our Artisan Series. Each blank is individually cast resulting in a hand-wrought quality. These pieces differ from regular die cut blanks in several ways:
- Gauge: Most of these blanks are approximately 19-gauge thick resulting in a solid pendant that has a substantial feel to it.
- Surface: Due to the nature of cast objects, there are slight variations in the surface of the blanks. They are not smooth like our die-cut sheet metal blanks. To restore the original shine after oxidizing, they can be polished by hand or in a tumbler after stamping.
- Material: The copper blanks are a thick coat of copper plated over brass. The majority of the
alloy is copper and the blanks can be soldered and enameled like pure
- Oxidation: The copper blanks do have a tendency to tarnish more rapidly than sterling silver. To slow down the tarnishing process after you have stamped, oxidized and polished the blank, you can apply a thin spray coating of an acrylic fixative to the surfaces. You can also apply a small amount of Renaissance Wax to the blank and buff gently. This will coat the piece and prevent rust.