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What is 925/10 Silver-Filled?

November 13th, 2011 · 17 Comments

Now you can create cool jewelry designs that have a professional polish with 925/10 silver-filled jewelry wire! You may be wondering what 925/10 silver-filled is, and why it’s so special. Let’s take a look.

Much like gold-filled, 925/10 silver-filled is sterling silver that is mechanically bonded to a base metal like brass or copper. This is a physical bonding, rather than an electroplating bond, which is much weaker. In order for a product to be considered silver-filled, it must have at least 1/20 of its weight in silver. This equals out to 5% silver. So, when you read that a material is .925/20 or 925/20, this means the material meets the minimum standards for being silver-filled by containing 5% silver.

Our new line of silver-filled wire is 925/10, meaning ours contains 10% sterling silver or double the amount of many other silver-filled wires. This means you get a higher quality product to create with, giving you jewelry that is sturdy and yet has the delicate look and feel of sterling silver. Start designing professional looking jewelry with just the right amount of shine with our incredible new line! Check it out by shopping for 925/10 silver-filled wire available now!

-Marissa

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bridget // Nov 13, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Would this be suitable for making earwires? Can you see the “core” when it is cut?

  • 2 Mickey // Nov 13, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Does this new wire tarnish like regular sterling silver?

  • 3 Gayle // Nov 13, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Can this be soldered like sterling or made into balled headpins with a torch?

  • 4 Kat // Nov 13, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Can 925/10 be hammered without exposing the filler?

  • 5 Marji // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Is this more tarnish resistant??

  • 6 Brenda // Nov 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    This sounds great, but I’m wondering about some of the questions already asked. I’d love to use it for making earwires and wire wrapping designs.

  • 7 cmm // Nov 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I’ve been using sterling silver filled jumprgins for the past 6 months. Yes – the wire tarnishes like sterling since the outer core is ss. On the 18 g and 16 g jumprings, I can see the core. On the thinner gauges, your eyesight needs to be pretty good to see the core.

  • 8 Marissa // Nov 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for your help on answering these questions, cmm! Yes, you can see the core as with any other sterling silver filled wire, but with smaller diameters it is harder to see.

    Yes, the silver will tarnish just like any other sterling silver finding, although some of our new wire comes with an anti-tarnish polish so it is less likely to.

    As for hammering, minor touches should be fine but aggressive blows may reveal the core.

    I hope this answers everyone’s questions!

  • 9 Marissa // Nov 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    They should also be fine to use as earwires, but should not be balled into head pins.

  • 10 Patrice // Nov 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Can this silver filled wire be soldered any special way. I tried and was not able to.

  • 11 Marissa // Nov 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Great question, Patrice. We are looking in to whether or not soldering is possible with the 925/10 silver-filled wire, since there are a variety of techniques for solder. As soon as we know for sure we will leave a comment for everyone to see!

  • 12 pattyb // Nov 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Is the thinner (higher number gauge) wire brittle?
    If it’s worked a bit does it break? What’s a good gauge for a beginner?

  • 13 Marissa // Nov 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Patty-

    The thinner wire is pretty sturdy, so it should not be brittle. As for which size to buy, it really depends on what you want to make. 20 gauge wire would probably be best for most projects.

  • 14 carol taylor // Mar 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Hi, i have just bought 925 silver filled earrings. 14 prs to sell. so they are not sterling silver. how can i describe to customers please?

  • 15 Marissa // Mar 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi Carol

    Silver-filled items are made with a base metal component which is then mechanically bonded with sterling silver.

  • 16 Emi // Apr 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I would like to know if there are any harmful added agents added to the wire (besides the main metals copper/brass and sterling silver) like aluminum or other additives (since I would like to make hoop earrings for children). Thanks, Emi

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