I make hand woven chains using fine silver 24 and 26 gauge. I get the
wire from a reputable source, and it comes on a spool and is labeled
"Fine silver" However, to my dismay, I find that over a period of
time the chains are tarnishing. I used a Sunshine Cloth to polish
them, and the chains left huge black marks where I drew them through
the cloth—really black. After polishing with the cloth, and
removing the residual polish the chains are now bright and free of
I tested the fine silver wire by heating it with a torch. It acts
exactly like fine silver. It does not darken in the least from the
Also, after I finish making the chains, and drawing them through a
draw plate to even it out, I anneal them to restore them to a
flexible state. The silver stays bright, does not darken from the
heat of the torch.
However, over time the finished chains are all turning yellowish and
tarnishing? What would cause this? I am really puzzled.