How many of you think that the gauge thickness and weight of a
piece contribute significantly to it's value and retail price?...
I'm working on some pieces now that I've fabricated from 16 gauge
silver sheet and they feel rather light to me.
Are you making belt buckles?? 16 gauge sterling sheet is plenty
heavy for almost anything and too heavy for many pieces of jewelry,
unless pierced. The weight of a large (>25mm diameter) pin in 16
gauge would pull on most fabric to which it was pinned. The better
question is: will the gauge chosen be substantial enough for the
piece to hold shape and not bend in normal use after work-hardening?
I like 20 or 22 gauge for most sterling jewelry, but will use 26 to
30 gauge for earrings and large pins/pendants to decrease weight.
The thinner gauges usually need to be reinforced with wire or some
metal manipulation like corrugation or folds.
A very nice thing about 16 gauge sheet is that you can run it
through your mill to supply thinner gauges - avoids having to stock
so many different gauges.
Hope your holidays were fulfilling, Judy in Kansas, where the
freezing drizzle is putting a crystal glaze over everything!