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    Hi,
    I am making tiaras, and so far have used silver plated wire. Am wondering if best to use sterling silver instead to prevent tarnishing? What do you prefer using? I worry that Sterling silver will cost so much more.

    also, I want to send a tiara to someone and am worried about it getting squashed in the post - is there a good method of packing it to make sure it arrives in one piece??

    thanks!!

  • #2
    hiya!

    I've always used silver/gold plated wires - they do tarnish over time, but then so will sterling silver. I do offer my clients the option of having their tiara created in sterling silver if they want, but it adds a lot onto the cost.

    With regard to packaging tiaras, use acid free tissue paper and sturdy boxes. I buy mine from http://www.bagnboxman.co.uk/ The boxes I use are custom made and foil printed with my website address. I think I pay about £5 per box, but they are pretty much crushproof. You can get cheaper boxes from http://www.pottersuk.com/ but I must admit these aren't as good quality and they do get a bit crushed in the post.

    I then very carefully wrap the tiara in acid free tissue, put it in the box, put the lid on, wrap it in brown craft paper (also available from bag and box) and post it!

    I also have anti tarnish strips that are a paper strip that absorb various things that can cause tarnishing, so it slows it down a bit. I bought loads of them ages ago and have never found them since, so I can't help with a supplier there i'm afraid.

    HTH!
    K xx
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    www.starstruck-designs.co.uk - Beautifully handcrafted tiaras, jewellery and other crystal accessories.

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    • #3
      Tarnishing is caused by a reaction between the metal and the air.
      Anti tarnish strips are a great help as is keeping the tiara in a zip lock bag with the air sucked out. There are vibratory cleaner things that you can pop the tiaras in and the tarnish is shaken off like magic.
      I find that in certain cases the tarnishing adds to the look of the tiara.
      full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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      • #4
        Wire

        I have always used sterling silver 22 guage dead soft wire to make tiaras.
        It is very supple and easy to twist.
        Chris W.
        x
        Gemstone Jewellery and Gifts

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        • #5
          Thanks for the advice, really useful.
          Think I'll stick to silver plated wire, as looks just as nice as sterling silver, but won't cost me a fortune!
          x

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          • #6
            HI Strarstruck

            I love your tiaras, should get my stuff this week, looks like i've got a long way to go before I get to your standard, absolutly georgous.

            cheers

            steph
            Steph
            www.glamourandgroovy.co.uk

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            • #7
              I dont do much in the way of distant selling but when I have, I pack my tiaras in the plastic tiara box with tissue and then I place this box into one of the cardboard boxes you can buy from the post office and if there is any space between the the tiara box and the cardboard box I fill it in with polystyrene bits that I have collected over the years for such an occasion then I tape up the cardboard box with tape that has fragile written all over it.
              Di

              I think I have only made a tiara in sterling silver once but like everyone else says sterling or silver plate does eventually tarnish
              Last edited by Dizzydiza; 19-06-2008, 08:51 AM.
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              • #8
                got my tiara kit tonight and made it up already, not enough stuff in the kit of course, nothing new there, but it looks fab already, I was amazed at how easy it was, can't wait to get my next one and have them on the website!

                cheers

                steph
                Steph
                www.glamourandgroovy.co.uk

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                • #9
                  I use silver plated wire and bases for the tiaras i make and also found they tarnished quite quickly. I have found a Goddards siver polishing cloth works well at removing and slowing down retarnishing they even seem to polish up glass beads and semi-presious stones too.

                  They are not expensive i bought mine for about £2.99 at Tesco. I keep one in my box of bits i take to craft fairs and recommend them to anyone who buys siver plated items from me.

                  xx Chris

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                  • #10
                    I don't make tiaras to sell or anything, I merely dabble in tiara making and the occasional fascinator, but I have found that silver-plated works fine.

                    Usually I make a tiara for a one off event, so tarnishing isn't much of a problem, but even so, as other people have said, sterling silver also tarnishes over time so I have never considered it to be a real problem. I guess if you sell them, people do generally make a beeline for 'sterling silver especially if it's a special event.

                    I'm happy to stick to silver-plated though. Hope this was some help!

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                    • #11
                      steffifab - would you mind me asking where you got the tiara kit, id love to learn how to start making them just for myself

                      Anyone point me in the direction of useful info on how to make them, much appreciated, thank you!
                      http://www.LunarraStar.com & http://Lunarrastar.etsy.com
                      http://www.DarkEleganceDesigns.com & http://DarkEleganceDesigns.etsy.com

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                      • #12
                        try www.mailorder-beads.co.uk

                        They have a tiara book I believe and I think they also do kits

                        In any case, they are worth a look, 'cos they are fab
                        www.beadlab.com

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                        • #13
                          thanks so much, will look
                          http://www.LunarraStar.com & http://Lunarrastar.etsy.com
                          http://www.DarkEleganceDesigns.com & http://DarkEleganceDesigns.etsy.com

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                          • #14
                            Hi there

                            sorry I didn't get back to you straight away, tennis is on so been busy.

                            Have sent you a pm as im not allow to advertise sites yet.

                            cheers

                            steph
                            Steph
                            www.glamourandgroovy.co.uk

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Starstruck View Post
                              hiya!

                              I've always used silver/gold plated wires - they do tarnish over time, but then so will sterling silver. I do offer my clients the option of having their tiara created in sterling silver if they want, but it adds a lot onto the cost.

                              .......

                              I also have anti tarnish strips that are a paper strip that absorb various things that can cause tarnishing, so it slows it down a bit. I bought loads of them ages ago and have never found them since, so I can't help with a supplier there i'm afraid.

                              HTH!
                              K xx


                              I have just bought some anti tarnish tabs from EJR Beads, they only cost about £3 for 50 black paper squares about 2.5 cm square - haven't used them yet but surely they can only slow down the tarnishing on my silver plated jewellery.

                              XXChris

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