Holly from Royal Metals sent me a sample of silver filled wire, (Silver Filled wire is made the same way as Gold Filled Wire. I think of it as a tube of precious metal filled with a base metal, usually brass.)
The wire worked just like silver. I made a pair of ear wires. I cut the wire to size, and filed one end round. I want to know how the base metal didn't show at all with this wire! The only reason I can think of is that the base metal is white also!
I tapped the wires lightly on my bench block with my mini ball peen hammer to work harden the wire. I wasn't sure about tumbling this wire.
I used the silver filled head pins, some Peridot colored crystals, and plated rounds to make drops.
The headpins performed very well. I made two closed loops in just a matter of a couple minutes.
This would be the test!I have extremely sensitive pierced ears. When first pierced I could only wear 14K Gold. Through some conditioning over the years I can wear Fine or Sterling Silver.
I put these in my ears last night about 7:00 PM. As of right now 24 hours later..I can report that these wear just like Fine or Sterling Silver. I can't tell the difference! My ears are happy wearing them!
As an alternative to Sterling Silver,I recommend Silver Filled as an economical substitute.