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PINK SILVER- New Kid on the Block

  • How I discovered Pink Silver!

    After working for days etching, sawing, sanding and preparing copper pins for the Enamelist Society pin swap I thew up my hands in exasperation. There was no way I could make enough quantity in time with all that work to be done. That's when the light bulb in my brain went off and sent a message down to call a casting company.


    I dialed Race Car Jewelry and Casting company in Rhode Island, and spoke with the owner, Dan Grandi about casting my pins in copper and using enamels. The conversation went well until he told me copper is not cast anymore but was I familiar with a metal called "Pink Silver", which is a combination of 17% silver and the rest copper? He had no reference from other enamelers if they used this metal or not, but suggested before I order a sample to call United Precious Metals who make Pink Silver and find out if the metal contained other ingredients.


    My next call led me to Jim Silverson, an engineer at United Precious Metals, who gave me the forumula for Pink Silver: 17% silver, 81% copper and 2% zinc. My heart took a dive when I heard Zinc, but I felt there still might be hope at only 2%.  Jim did not know of any enamelers who had used Pink Silver to enamel, so I was on my own.


    Tom Ellis was my next pro to question and he had not heard of Pink Silver either,  but.... he thought that Zinc at 2% of the mix, just might work with enameling with a few firings.


    I called back Race Car Casting and put in my order, and in a few weeks when I come out of my laboratory, you will know the rest of the story.....

  • Ricky Frank
    Ricky Frank Trish, small world. i had recently placed an order for a few cast pieces in fine silver and they made a mistake and cast them in the pink silver. they didn't meet the deadline i gave them as i needed them for an upcoming class, so i canceled the order...  more
    July 3, 2015 - Report
  • Candy Smith
    Candy Smith Trish, I have ordered from a company that makes copper, brass, and nickle stampings. It has a shop on Etsy (I have no connection with the company but have ordered from them and liked the products). Their copper enamels well and they have a huge variety...  more
    July 4, 2015 - 2 like this - Report
  • Trish White
    Trish White WOW! Thank you Candy for that info - i will check it out now and get back to everyone-
    July 4, 2015 - Report
  • Candy Smith
    Candy Smith You're welcome, Trish! I'll be interested in what you find out.
    July 4, 2015 - Report