Leonid said that 14K gold has incredible strength. Does anyone know
how well shibuichi (1/4th silver and 3/4th copper) stands up? Do the
small parts break? How about bronze? How strong is bronze? It looks
like I’m coming into metal work from a very different direction than
most jewelers. My intro to craftwork was making polyclay critters:
charms, netsuke, or micro-sculpture animals. I sculpt models out of
Primo Sculpy, make a silicone mold of these, and pour wax into the
mold. Micro-sculpture is a little too large for pure silver, but
shibuichi is partly a precious metal, and it has a beautiful color.
Will tiny parts break?