All of our items are hand crafted, and the materials used will vary. Most items are crafted from aluminum, plated brass, stainless steel, or sterling silver 925. The materials used in each item are noted on each product page, and some materials may contain nickel or zinc. Before placing an order, please contact us if you have any metal sensitivities, allergies, or concerns so that we can make sure to craft your items with these things in mind.
We do our best to avoid materials that may contain lead or may have any toxic or harmful chemicals. This is not a guarantee, however, and we are not responsible for allergies related to metal or chemical sensitivities. We do wash each completed piece in a cleaning solution to remove any residue from manufacturing or processing. If you have any concerns about this, please feel free to contact us for further information.
To ensure that you get the most value from your jewelry, I've included a few tips about how to properly care for the various types of metal used for the craft. This will ensure that your unique piece of jewelry lasts forever.
Color: Brown. Copper is a very basic metal; it is soft and scratches easily. This metal can oxidize over time and will lose its shine. Over time, copper can turn green from salt which creates a oxide layer that actually protects the copper from rapid degradation. Copper can be cleaned or polished with silver polish.
Color: yellow. Brass is firmer and resists scratching more than copper; over time this turns a blacker yellow and can be cleaned or polished with silver polish.
Color: Light gray. Contains nickel. Stainless steel is a harder metal. This metal is heavily resistant to scratching and will hold its shape better than most other metals. This metal will not oxidize but can get "dirty" from normal wear. Simple washing of this material is OK and will not cause it to rust.
Color: Dark grey. Hypoallergenic. This metal is typically aircraft grade, has uncompromised strength and does not tarnish, rust or discolor. Titanium may be anodized to produce different colors. The colors may fade from skin oils, but the jewelry can be cleaned to renew the color.
Color: varies. Hypoallergenic. This metal is also very hard and does not tarnish, rust or discolor. The colors tend to be brighter longer than anodized titanium, but still may fade from skin oils and can be cleaned to renew the color.
Color: Light grey. This metal is also relatively soft and scratches easily, but it will not oxidize, tarnish, or rust.
Color: varies. The anodized coating will wear over time and may fade or scratch during normal wear.
All of our sterling silver is 925; silver oxidizes over time, depending on exposure to certain elements and even household chemicals. This will turn the metal grey or black over time. This metal can be cleaned using a silver polish or sonic cleaner.
Congratulations on your new piece of fine chainmaille art!