In an effort to expand my skills and so on, I decided I need to work on making some brooches/pins.
I am curious what folks here do/recommend.
Do you purchase pin backs, if so, from what supplier, what material/metal and can they be soldered if not silver (my primary metal) and pickled? If nickel? (I’ve never used nickel, so I don’t know.)
Is nickel stronger than sterling?
Do some of you fabricate the pin backs and clasps? If from silver, my worry would be strength.
I see on Rio’s site that they carry clasps) mechanisms that are sterling, and nickel pins. I presume you could solder the sterling parts, then add a nickel or stainless pin.
Thanks in advance for the array of replies, opinions, advice and good reading in advance!