What is S57NA that Stuller has used to replace copper with, in their
If it is not copper, then is their sterling not sterling?
Is it “SterlingLite” or “SterlingSomething” or “SterlingUsedToBe”?
Now, I’ve always had a good working relationship with Stuller. No
bones to pick there.
However, I am concerned that it will not behave in the same manner
as I have come to expect from sterling.
Recently, I put a patina on a piece of jewelry on which I had used a
sterling finding from Stuller. The bezel, from Stuller, in sterling,
did not patina.
Now in metals, there are always going to be things that one does not
understand. Some little something happens and then you have to play
detective and figure out what happened and why. So, mostly I just go
with the flow and try to figure out what has happened and why and
then carry on.
But, I would really like to have an informed consent form so that I
can say, “Hey, yes, I understand that something that I have known
and worked in for 20 years or so, is not what it used to be.” If I’m
going to spend money & my time with your product, that I expect it
to perform in a certain way, then let me know that the rules have
Now, before I get hate emails, I do not have an issue with companies
making decisions about their business practices. Their company,
And so, it just may be that the dang finding, was not make of this
S57NA and it was my own stupidity, so be it. But, I really, really,
really, don’t need any more help in that area.
I have also noticed that when I melted some sterling to pour into a
cuttle bone mold, that the metal, which I know, was all sterling,
(no solder, no mystery metals, no nothing else) did not have a
smooth appearance. Had little spikes on it like copper has when you
melt a blog of copper down. Metal probably came from Stuller, but
don’t know for sure, so they get a pass on that one.
There again, I need no help in being stupid, just let me know the
rules of the game, and I’ll try to apply them. And if anyone knows
why my sterling had little spikes on it, please let me know. Thanks.