This is one for all the Mettallurgists out there! - Regarding using
copper and sterling silver in the same jewelry piece if it is to be
worn next to the skin.
I took a mokume gane class with the crazy talented Chris Ploof and
he informed us, in no uncertain terms that we should not use copper
and silver mokume for rings as it would cause a battery like
reaction that would cause thecopper to erode away. I have since read
this from several other sources…
Question 1 - how severe is this reaction? Why does it happen? can
someone please give me an explanation, kind of an idiots guide
Question 2. If copper and silver (or any other metal) react so badly
together - what happens to the copper content in sterling silver? or
is this somthing to do with the alloy created?
Thank you very much!