Post by beadorigami on Jan 17, 2012 12:30:13 GMT -6
As a beadweaver, I'm a bit out of my element in this particular forum section, but I have a metal question that I hope you can help me with. I've been using sterling silver or gold filled wire for ear wires, in part because of the quality of these wires, but also because they tend to cause fewer problems for people with metal allergies. I'm currently working on a beadwoven design for stud-style earrings where the earring finding does not show, and I'm considering using surgical steel ear pads instead of sterling silver. Has anyone ever had or heard of problems with surgical steel earring findings, particularly with regard to allergic reactions? Thanks in advance
More people might have trouble with them. However. Rings and Things has a glue-on type with titanium posts on surgical steel pads. They don't have titanium clutches (Rio does). They're made very well. I personally haven't had any trouble with the surgical steel french hooks, so I assume they're of the same quality. My ears are picky and they tell me that not all surgical steel is the same.
Andrea Robinson Silversmith, Gemologist, Motorcyclist, and Espresso Enthusiast MmeMagpie.com
Post by beadorigami on Jan 18, 2012 2:44:01 GMT -6
Thanks Andrea - I hadn't seen Rings and Things' titanium posts, but I did get some of their surgical steel posts that I've been experimenting with. The pad of the post in my design is actually covered by glass seed beads, front and back, so the titanium post would work great. Although now that I think about it, I need to consider if my seed beads have any nickel in them...