Mazen, I work almost entirely in brass, copper, and nickel-silver
because I enjoy making larger jewelry pieces and the cost of the
material in base metals is negligible. It also has the advantages
of making experimentation a lot of fun, and the three contrasting
colors of the metals can be used in designing.
If I did this full-time, I could probably make a modest living at it,
but, fortunately, I do not have to! I find that my best customers
are the same people who can buy much more expensive things but who
appreciate finding modestly-priced pieces as well. (My customers
often tell me I should raise my prices! I do, but I also remember
the days before I made jewelry when I couldn’t find anything I liked,
and if I did, I couldn’t afford it.) Such customers also appreciate
interesting and whimsical designs.
Of course, base metals go “off” in humid weather. I do not lacquer
my pieces because it will only wear off in places, leaving a
patchy-looking piece. More and more, I chemically “oxidize” my
jewelry (using, e.g., Jax Black), which produces nice shadows on the
surface and prevents much further oxidation. I offer my customers a
free list of suggestions for easily cleaning base metal jewelry.
HTH (Hope This Helps)