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Silver-Filled Wire ~ An Affordable Alternative To Sterling

Browsing through the latest edition of Step By Step Wire Jewelry the other night I saw an article that mentioned silver-filled wire. I'd heard of gold-filled wire but not silver. I read a bit more and discovered silver-filled wire is pretty new and sounds like a great alternative to the much more expensive sterling silver wire.

So how is it different to silver plated wire I thought? Silver-filled has a thicker coating of sterling silver bonded to a copper or brass base. It can be hammered, oxidised and tumbled just like sterling and I should imagine it's less likely to wear off like plated wire can. I'm liking it more and more! Another plus is if you can wear sterling silver jewellery you'll be fine with silver-filled too.

I've just ordered some 20g from Etsy shop Cigarbox Supplies and at £4.36 for 19.5 ft it works out a hell of a lot less than sterling. I contacted another Etsy seller who uses it and asked her opinion - she loves it and said it behaves just like pure sterling wire. I'm not sure if it's available in the UK yet (probably not, maybe in a year or two!)

I can't wait for it to arrive so I can experiment and see for myself! Watch this space for an update in a week or two!

*Photo courtesy of Cigarbox Supplies


  1. Sounds great! I may have to order some - silver is getting more and more expensive.

  2. Great review! I have been thinking about adding this wire to my store inventory. The price of sterling is out of control! ~Val

  3. Definitely Val! If it looks ok I will start using it as an alternative too.

  4. I've been hearing more and more about this wire, recently at Bead and Button as well. I'd love to give it a try too because I miss pulling out my sterling wire!

  5. Chris Beads GaloreFriday, May 25, 2012

    I own a bead store and stock silver filled wire, along with Sterling, Gold Filled, Aluminium, Artistic, German and several craft wires. Due to the price of Sterling, I have been selling a good bit of Silver Filled wire. A lot of people are skeptical, because it is so new. I say try it out. You might love it.

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