Surgical Steel and/or nickel free - Jewelry Maker asked

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Original Post

PetitPlat says

Hi Everyone!

I would like to know the difference between surgical steel and nickel free findings and would also like to know if the surgical steel earrings are nickel free.

What about sterling silver? I heard once it's too soft.

What do you use for your earrings?

Thanks in advance!


Posted at 3:55am Jan 9, 2009 EST


PetitPlat says

Oh and which type of metal doesn't oxidize? I suppose stainless steel. Can it also be found as surgical or nickel free findings?

Posted at 3:58am Jan 9, 2009 EST

Surgical steel has nickel in it I believe. I use stainless surgical steel in my lower priced earrings. I've never had any complaints about it.

I also use sterling silver and copper ear wires in the more pricey earrings. I have had only one customer request the ear wires be changed.

I've never oxidized anything. I buy oxidized ear wires from makers here on Etsy.

Posted at 4:02am Jan 9, 2009 EST

dedesbeads says

I use 925 silver which I believe is equivalent to sterling silver.

Posted at 4:14am Jan 9, 2009 EST

PetitPlat says

Dede, yes 925 silver is sterling silver.

Thanks Jeweledfrog, I don't want to oxidize my findings I would like findings which doesn't oxidize :)

Posted at 4:21am Jan 9, 2009 EST

Surgical Stainless Steel is usually about 8% nickel.

Posted at 4:29am Jan 9, 2009 EST

PetitPlat says

Ok! That's useful! That means that I need some nickel free findings for those allergic to nickel and surgical stainless steel for the others.

Posted at 4:35am Jan 9, 2009 EST

GoTo says

I think you can get nickel-free stainless, but I don't know where. I know plastic isn't the most elegant, but most folks with metal allergies seem to tolerate it.

(GoToSupplies' other shop here.)

Posted at 4:41am Jan 9, 2009 EST

PetitPlat says

I never thought about plastic but thanks for the tip :)

Posted at 5:25am Jan 9, 2009 EST

I buy hypoallergenic earring hooks from this seller on Ebay. They are verified to be Nickel, Lead, and Latex free. So far so good! They have gold and silver too.

Good luck!

Posted at 5:49am Jan 9, 2009 EST