Alternative Metals for Jewelry Making: 6 Reasons I've Become a Fan of Brass

14 Jan 2013

White metals have always been my thing. Back in the 1980s and '90s, I did wear yellow gold jewelry--but mostly because that's what my Dad, who was my primary jewelry-gifter at the time, bought me. Soon after that, possibly during my "hippie" college years, I became a fan of silver jewelry. (I've always been a HUGE fan of silver everything-else.)

 
brass jewelry components from Nunn Design
As an official grown-up and many years since then, I stuck with white metals, adding the occasional white gold piece to my mostly silver jewelry wardrobe. When I started making my own jewelry, silver was naturally the way to go, for personal preference as well as affordability.

But then . . . well, I won't remind you what has happened to the price of silver in the last decade or so. I'll skip that part and just say that in the past few years, I've really started to appreciate alternative metals for jewelry making, particularly copper and brass. We've talked about copper many times before, but brass hasn't gotten its share of the fame, so I wanted to give it some attention today. Here are six reasons why I like it.

 
brass with heat patina
1. Flame painting (aka heat patina) on brass is fun and beautiful. Just like copper, brass gives up gorgeous colors and patterns when you pass it through a torch flame.

2. It resembles gold. I haven't worn yellow-gold jewelry in ages and wasn't sure it was right with my skin tone, but recently I've been more drawn to the warm glow of yellow gold, especially textured 18k and 24k gold. Raw brass pieces can provide nearly the same warm yellow glow (and heft) of gold at a fraction of the ever-rising cost.

 
I'm making this stacked flower ring using three of the flowers from Nunn Design, a super-convenient sterling rivetable ring from Beaducation.com, and #2839 red enamel from Barbara Lewis's Painting with Fire Studio.
3. Brass stands up to a flame. While I've been enameling and playing with color on alternative metals like copper and brass, I've spent a small fortune buying metal components, charms and such at bead and craft stores, experimenting with what can take the heat and what can't. My findings? 99.5% of the stuff I've bought can't handle the heat of a torch, even ones that are silver plated, and they become splats on my soldering table (or shoot sparks all over my bench, yikes!). It seems more and more of the commercial metal jewelry components are plated aluminum or pewter, and they melt immediately. Brass, however, like the brass stampings and jewelry components in Nunn Design's newest collection, hold up to the flame. They're beautiful, too.

4. Transparent enamels on brass are gorgeous. I've been using transparent reds and greens in particular on some of those new Nunn Design brass stamped pieces, and I'm in love with the results. The transparent red on brass makes the whole thing look like rose gold or regular gold with just the prettiest hint of pink in it and I even see a touch of shimmer, like really pretty old-fashioned hard candy. Love.

 
soldering brass
5. Soldering on brass is not as hard as you might think, especially if you just have one step to solder. There's only one kind of solder for brass (no hard, soft, etc. to figure out and keep separated, like for silver), so there's no confusion there, and it comes in easy-to-use paste. You can learn more about soldering brass here and here.

 
Kerry's brass patinated with potato chips
6. You can create beautiful patinas on brass, too. Kerry Bogert's Rustic Wrappings has great "recipes" for creating patinas on alternative metals like copper and brass using household items like vinegar, salt, and ammonia--even salt-and-vinegar potato chips, as shown here. My favorite verdigris looks just as lovely on brass as on copper.

To learn more about using alternative metals like brass and copper in your jewelry creations, subscribe to Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine. You'll find stylish jewelry projects that feature affordable alternative metals (both in sheet and wire) in every issue, all created by top jewelry designers that you know and love.

Check out Nunn Design's Facebook page, website and blog for jewelry inspiration and more of their great products!

What about you? Do you love brass? Have I missed any reasons to love it? Please share in the comments below!

The giveaway has ended. Our friends at Nunn Design love brass, too, and they've provided a yummy collection of brass and other alternative metal jewelry-making components from their 2012 Fall Collection to give to one of you! Just leave your comment (before midnight on Sunday, January 20, 2013) below and one of you will be chosen at random to win the goodies.


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mirkaba wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:22 AM

I have been using more brass lately. I have been repurposing Brass knick knacks from Goodwill!

deb_oro wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:09 AM

I absolutely love it!

I am a "baby" at jewelry making but it has won my heart right from start, it's fabulous to combine, perfect for a vintage feel and I'd be oh, so happy to win this!!

Your article is invaluable for me, thank you for all the great info...

DESPINA

deb_oro(at)yahoo(dot)gr

on 14 Jan 2013 10:45 AM

I've discovered that pleasures of brass this past year and using it more and more in my designs. Thanks JMJ and Nunn for providing this wonderful giveaway opportunity!  

KathleenM@70 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:06 AM

I have been more interested in working with metals lately.  Awesome ideas!

czecher wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:25 AM

Me+Nunn=Lots of fun!!

on 14 Jan 2013 11:27 AM

I have been wanting to try those enamels! More alternatives to metal looks.

Saiaii wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:30 AM

Great reasons for using brass! I found it to be very affordable so when I'm trying out new techniques that might not come out so great, I use brass. I like brass pieces that have dimension, those that are buffed with a sanding block so some parts are shiny and some aren't. One thing I've really enjoyed doing with brass blanks is handpainting designs with prepackaged patinas like vintaj and swellagant - with a tiny paint brush you can create tiny one of a kind designs

cgrayflorida wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:52 AM

I have a tendency to use silver colored wire and findings more often than brass and I like the combo of using silver colors with copper too. I think my like of silver is because in the 1980s silver was the thing to wear, even my wedding ring and engagement ring are white gold. I really should use more brass though and I'd like to see what I can do with brass and copper together as I haven't tried that yet. Don't know why, just haven't tried it. Would love to win this, it would give me some good inspiration. :-)

NancyV@34 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 2:09 PM

I enjoy using unusual and found objects in my work, these would be fun to experiment with!

saramiller wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 2:36 PM

I love Nunn design. I use a lot of metals in my pieces and Nunn design has a lot of great products. I work a lot with resin and I love to use their bezels. I've been using a lot of brass lately, with resin and crystal clay. Thank you Sara.

on 14 Jan 2013 3:42 PM

I absolutely love these brass components!  I have been using a lot of brass because it takes patina so well!

mdperey wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 3:51 PM

I do like brass as an alternative to gold. Especially when I'm mixing metals in pieces.

drMowse wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 3:56 PM

Being new to jewelry making I have shied away from doing much with metals. I did enameling on copper when younger so the interest is there.  Your reason #5 struck a chord of inspiration with me !  Easy to solder !  And receptive to flaming !  I shall have to make an investment in brass I see. Thank you for the article !

Cathy McD wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:01 PM

Love all these ideas!

ekbryant wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:02 PM

I have yet to use metals in my jewelery making as I am just beginning but  these look awesome and I will now have to give it a try!

Shanio wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:09 PM

Oh what I could do with those!

mzfina wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:15 PM

I'm loving all of the pieces by Nunn Design!

Robin L wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:25 PM

I love the brass items for enameling, and Nunn designs have such yummy items.

ladedah wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:34 PM

I can't wait to get my hands (and torch!) on these fun brass stampings!  Woohoo!  Pick me! Pick me!  Please!  Thanks for another chance!

nadean b wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:35 PM

Love BRASS, are you kidding? Its my new addiction, shhh dont tell my husband. LOL  

Evarel wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 4:44 PM

I love the idea of work with different metals, I'm just starting with this skill, but I love it I did start with aluminium, now I working copper, the idea of work with brass it's really attractive, thanks for this oportunity

mjcomella wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:00 PM

It's great to start with brass when you're new to working with metals!

Ann Widner wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:20 PM

I haven't used much brass, but just today I ordered some brass lobster clasps for a photo bracelet I'm making.   I'm looking forward to using more brass findings this year!

on 14 Jan 2013 5:20 PM

I have used Brass components in many ways, but am still new to all of the patina effects that you can do.  I have signed up for 3 classes at the Bead & Button Show this May/June to explore this metal in greater detail.  I have been a fan of Nunn Designs since the first time I met them at B & B 4 years ago.

marokel wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:21 PM

I do like Brass.  I really hadn't thought about torching it for colors.  Can't wait to try that.  I do love painting, inking and changing the colors on it.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:22 PM

I love working with a variety of materials!

JeanB@2 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:24 PM

I too am a newbie at jewelry making and am learning so much from this site!

jaqui8 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:25 PM

The selection of "goodies" is gorgeous! i would love to win this and send you a photo of my creation.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:26 PM

I've done some chain maille using jewelry brass, and now after reading about what you can do with a torch here to "paint" the brass, I'm going to get getting some brass from my independent craft store to play with! :)

BJewellryBox wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:27 PM

I love brass, especially Nunn Design! I recently started playing with different patinas using brass pieces. It's so much fun and very addicting! lol Thanks for your great article and ideas. :)

pomozy wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:27 PM

I'm a complete Jewellery making newbie so still learning my way. I absolutely adore what you have done with the brass and am really excited to try it out myself. I would very much love to win the gorgeous pack from Nunn Designs! :)

lzech216 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:27 PM

very pretty

DanaH@19 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:28 PM

I love the warmth of the alternative metals and have used them more frequently than silver or gold for several years now.

Sandy_in_MD wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:28 PM

I have begun working more with brass, for many of the reasons you've listed - you can really turn it into so many different finishes, and the price is so much better than silver.  Thanks for the chance to win the Nunn Designs assortment!

Meg Wolfe wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:29 PM

I have to admit that I haven't considered using brass before - what a versatile (and reasonably priced) metal I've been missing out on. You have made a believer out of me; I'm going to try it!

on 14 Jan 2013 5:29 PM

I would be absolutely thrilled if I won this! I love using brass finings in my altered vintage necklaces, and would love to add a sampling of the Nunn Designs line into some projects! Fingers Crossed,

Jennifer

slone24 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:30 PM

I like working with brass for a number of reasons. It's easy to cut into the shape I want, it looks beautiful in whatever for I  use, from monogram jewelry to bracelets. I am thinking of making a ring next.

bgraystudio wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:30 PM

I've been using more brass too. I love the warm look (and the price!) and these components are great!

DaltonSexton wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:31 PM

I love brass and more specialized tools would be beneficial. Thank you Nunn Design for this opportunity.

Dalton

linnmarino wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:31 PM

I love working with brass! It has long been a favorite of mine! It is nice to see it featured along with all the possibilities!

NikiV wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:31 PM

Would love to play with these, so I'm entering. :)

RitaR@11 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:31 PM

I've been using a lot more mixed metals and love the looks I can achieve with brass. The findings and metals are amazing. I would dearly love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

shimpala wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:31 PM

Tourch painting on brass is very exciting! You never know for sure what you'll get. You just have to go with the flow!

janejthomas wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:32 PM

I would love to win this prize and try my hand at something new!  Thanks.

driggers wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:32 PM

I've enjoyed working with brass before and plan to try more in the future,  I especially look forward to trying brass with enamel, should be great fun to try out.

Thanks for the opportunity to win these great goodies!

Sruese wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:33 PM

I'm new to the "metals" world, however, am acquiring the tools I need to get started, taking classes, and reading to gain more knowledge.  Thanks for the giveaway.

sr

daveslady57 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:34 PM

I haven't worked much with brass yet, but after seeing the creations in this blog post I know I want to do more with it.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:34 PM

I am experimenting with brass wire and sheet as I learn metal-working techniques.  I love the warm colors.

tamalin wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:34 PM

I have recently started to use brass and this article is great! It is very versatile, I want to try enameling it next!

aeaston62 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:34 PM

I would like to see my husband branch out to materials other than beads and stones.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:34 PM

I took a mixed media class last summer and have been hooked ever since. What a wonderful looking collection from Nunn Design...looks like eye candy to me!

Linda@985 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:36 PM

I'd love to experiment with the brass treasure trove.

Linda 0

stckgrl23 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:37 PM

When I started making jewelry I would use brass because it was more affordable. I moved on to other metals after a couple months but am now finding that I have been going back to the brass. I think I kind of missed the look of it in my pieces.

bethmjewelry wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:37 PM

Oh what inspirations will come from that lovely Nunn Design giveaway if I should win it! Just looking at the designs already has me going!

jacky10 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:37 PM

Thank you for this wonderful post!  would love to try enameling on brass!

Jeanne@2295 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:38 PM

I have been using brass and copper forever.  Not only do I like the results, but I like the cost.  Thank you for the chance to win.

padali30 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:39 PM

Big brass fan! Glad to see I'm not the only one! I've seen a lot of nose turn up at the mention of brass. I absolutely love working with it. Brass wire has been really fun to work with for making my own components and closures.

SteamCircus wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:39 PM

Thank you for such an informative article!  I have always hesitated to use gold and silver in case I mess it up, but with brass I get to be very brave!  I like my pieces to be grungy and old looking, and of course brass is great for that as well  :)

Brenda, SteamCircus.com

cisray wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:39 PM

Wow what a great offer.  Thanks to Nunn & Beading Daily for this opportunity.  I've loved and have been playing with brass for several years now.  It can't be beat.

dragonwytch wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:40 PM

Brass has become a favorite metal of mine to work with because of the similar look to gold that ages into a beautiful patina. I think I would enjoy. Ranching out into more usage of it

D.M.Z wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:41 PM

I have always loved brass for it's softer color and if cleaned properly, it's ability to be painted..........yummy brass.

btrimble wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:42 PM

OOH,  yes please!!  I love using brass (and copper), and I really like mixing the two together.  It would be awesome to win this giveaway!  Thanks

glwight wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:42 PM

I love Nunn design products & use a lot of brass components in my jewelry.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:42 PM

I love brass for creating vintage looking jewelry!  Sure would love to win the giveway from Nunn!

wtchee1 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:43 PM

I love brass. It gives the rich look of gold without the high price. I'm glad it has gotten so much easier to find and the variety ... well, it's great!

crawdaddy wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:45 PM

I'm new to jewelry making but I love the look of brass

mtrudinger wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:46 PM

I love brass, especially patinated and antiqued brass. I haven't really had much chance to play with the Nunn components, but they look like a fabulous range of versatile pieces.

on 14 Jan 2013 5:48 PM

I've only recently dipped my toes into jewelry making, but I'm already addicted to the craft (or art). Brass is next on my list of experiments!

jenny.hamer wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:49 PM

Brass is so versatile! I especially love the effects of etching and patina in brass. Plus, it's such a beautiful and affordable alternative to semi-precious metals (thank goodness!).

Thanks for the tips and ideas!

beadie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:49 PM

Am glad to discover a new brass source!

Sharon@478 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:50 PM

I love brass components and Nunn Design certainly has gorgeous pieces!  I would love to win!

karenhaas wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:51 PM

I love the ideas I am finding and have discovered that the sky is the limit..thank you Jewelry Making Daily!  

on 14 Jan 2013 5:51 PM

I love working with brass, it's really jumpstarted my creativity. Love your whole line, Nunn Design!

LindaS@239 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:54 PM

I love alternatives. Copper washers, brass shell casings and aluminum wire is great too. Even titanium. Stainless steel. BUT I'd like to do more with patinas. I have ren wax...but I love ooak with stampings, and etchings and patinas. Endless opportunities abound.  

redstarlady wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:56 PM

I have a real affinity for brass, and love the look. Since mixing metals is a popular technique, using brass with other metals is even more fun! Nunn Designs are so delightful. Have really enjoyed the new products from 2012, and was just admiring the 2013 products that have recently come out.

opinionated2 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:57 PM

I've yet to work with a lot of brass, but your post has me convinced I need to. Now I just need to win the giveaway!

devorahtwo wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:57 PM

I'm so excited to learn that I can enamel on brass!

SHAIHA wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:58 PM

Copper has always been my go-to metal of choice though recently I have been introduced to brass and I loved it. I sure hope to win the package so that I can play some more,

lattelady63 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:58 PM

I love the antiquey, retro feel of brass. I've used alot of brass charms and findings making steampunk or mixed media pieces.

per_511 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:58 PM

I love using brass in my mixed media jewelry

Karenra wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:58 PM

Love brass and copper the colors are fun to play with...

erica13 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:59 PM

I, too, love brass.  I love the look, and I love the affordability.  But I've never been adventurous enough to alter it in any of those ways.  It makes me want to try...  :)

tobyteka wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 5:59 PM

I love Nunn's brass components!

on 14 Jan 2013 6:00 PM

I just love brass always have. It's affordable and hippy chic at the same time.

GIJillie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:00 PM

Oooh Ooooh Oooh~ Pick me~ Pick me!!!! What a yummy collection of goodies!

devorahtwo wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:00 PM

Is there any special technique to enamel on brass?

Cathy@269 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:01 PM

I love adding color to brass by putting it in the oven or using alcohol paints.  Nail polish also works.  Some of the brass pieces work well with bead embroidery on a cuff bracelet or necklace.  Oh - so many ideas & so much fun!

keeper_dee wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:01 PM

I have always loved metal in jewelry, but was afraid it was too difficult a skill to master in my simple jewelry making repertoire.  I grew braver, though, in accidentally discovering a great great grandfather had been a blacksmith. Now, I experiment and am steadily learning and hoping  that my ancestor stands over my shoulder, just to the right, whispering encouragement.

Margaret2 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:04 PM

So  many good ideas!  I can't wait to get started, but the garage has to warm up a bit first!  I love the look of brass and think the verdigris finish is so elegant.  Just bought a silent auction vase that was finished to look like verdigris.  I'm going to use that for a vessel style piece of jewelry.

JennsJemz wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:04 PM

I too love white metals and I love using white metals - sterling silver, argentium, even aluminum.  I have not thought of using brass - would love to give it a try.

teecee7855 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:04 PM

I love these brass pieces, they would be fun to work with!

irishjudie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:04 PM

Because I'm entering my 2nd childhood........!

on 14 Jan 2013 6:04 PM

I also used silver almost exclusively when I first started.  Now I can't seem to get enough of brass.  It really compliments the beach glass that I use.

j2dlessor wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:05 PM

I've been playing w/different metals & having fun doing so! Love the "patina by potato chips"!! Lol! That's one I'm going to definitely try :-)

jayray97 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:06 PM

I have been working with brass for about five years now and it is fabulous with silver for a two-tone look.  And it is so affordable compared to gold!

ctsheehy wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:06 PM

Relative noob when it comes to metal design and use - this would be a lovely way to start learning!

on 14 Jan 2013 6:07 PM

I love the warmth of brass!  And love it even more as it ages to a lovely patina...

Margaret2 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:07 PM

Can hardly wait to start on these good ideas.  I already have the book on torch fired enamels, but am working up the courage to light the torch!  Experimenting has been so much fun!

quenisi wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:07 PM

I am a simple beader, doing mostly Native American type beadwork. However, recently I have started to play around with chains and metal pieces. I love anything unusual and the brass firing sounds like a great deal of fun as does the glazing. What a delightful gift it would be to win this giveaway.

on 14 Jan 2013 6:09 PM

There's so many wonderful things you can do with brass! Guilder's Paste is one of my favorites, as well as Swellegant and Vintaj color treatments.  I just got some new alcohol ink pens, and I"d love to try these out and blog about them. :-D

on 14 Jan 2013 6:09 PM

I love using brass in my mixed metal jewelry.  What a great opportunity to win some goodies!

ladykarensea wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:09 PM

I just started using brass in my jewelry because I want to do a steampunk line. I would love to win and use different brass findings in my designs!  Times are tough financially, and perhaps this would help me out a bit.  :)

mahanlori wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:11 PM

I have been working mostly with copper since it is cheaper than silver, but I've been looking for other cheap alternatives so that I don't get bored. I love that you have shared using brass because now my curiosity and excitement for a new adventure is growing. Thank you for sharing the information, especially about the easy patina and enameling.

Akidna wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:12 PM

I love brass, I have been doing some steampunk stuff and it works great on its own or mixed with other metals, beads and wire. Love the article, thankyou.

Jamie Rose wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:14 PM

I love brass, and I agree it resembles gold and I love the price.  Brass and copper are two of my favorite mediums.  I really want to try heat patina, that looks so cool!

lop123123 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:16 PM

When I took a jewellery making course at the local college last year, I learned that the full time students used brass and copper as well. I didn't realize how cool these metals could be for jewellery making. These trinkets look very yummy indeed. Thanks for sharing this info.

ElaineSE wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:19 PM

I love copper and brass!

tbuchle wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:22 PM

I love brass, and the more I learn to work with metals, the more it becomes my favorite!

Dian55 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:23 PM

I would love to be entered into the drawing for jewelry components..... Can  never have to many.. thank you

Dian

LuniLadi wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:24 PM

Enameling BRASS! Wow, this opens up a whole new jewelry making world. I must try this. Love the giveaway from Nunn. Have my fingers crossed!

Doreen aka LuniLadi

on 14 Jan 2013 6:24 PM

I love working with different types of components and colors and, like you, have been experimenting with alternative metals.

on 14 Jan 2013 6:24 PM

I've always used brass in my jewelry and handmade book covers. I was happy to see that I can expand on the "as is" for the metal! Running for the potato chip bag as I type! Ha! Just kidding.

linksmith wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:25 PM

I have just started working with brass-thanks for the enamel tip...gona give that a try

swartell wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:26 PM

I've always been fond of copper - there's something about the color that really reaches out to me - but I've recently been doing some experimenting with brass and enjoying it a lot.  It's also less anxiety-provoking to work with something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!  Since most of my jewelry making is for relaxation and my own pleasure at this time, that's important, too.

aunt kimmy wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:30 PM

I have just started using bronze in my mixed media jewelry.  I love the concept of mixing, matching and layering!!  

This would be a great addition to my jewelry work and Nunn is an expert when it comes to patina's and using metal.  It would be an honor to win this prize from her!!

Thank you,

Kim Gorman

kgorman41567@yahoo.com

Nalers wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:30 PM

I have been using a variety of metals for years, and I am always looking for new ideas!

on 14 Jan 2013 6:31 PM

I started working with brass several months ago. I love its versatility.

jjanp wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:33 PM

Well . . . It just so happens I have a brand new bag of salt & vinegar potato chips!

I knew there was a reason I haven't opened them yet!

Beemuse wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:34 PM

Love the look of brass!

MoonRae wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:35 PM

 I've been using brass for a while now. I especially like etching it!! I've also been using the wire for years as an alternative to gold, especially when even goldfill became so pricey

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

~Sharon~

lunrei@yahoo.com

cbesio wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:35 PM

I love working with brass and copper.  I never know what I'll be taking home from an outdoor show.  If it's cold and misty you get spots and highlights.  But if I touch it after eating something salty I can make dark areas for details.

I am always looking for elements like this, but FL is full of jewelry makers and people who get rid of their "stuff" before they retire here.  I need to make more trips home to Charleston, SC to get better elements.

debgorin wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:47 PM

you have inspired me!!! I have a some brass pieces that I have acquired over the years but have not taken the plunge in creating jewelry artworks with them - never quite figured out what to do....but will definitely try harder now!

jbev39 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:47 PM

A very inspiring article.  I have gotten away from metal smithing because of the price of silver.  I have been researching different metals and techniques and I am truly ready to get back in business!  Thank you Tammy!

jbev39 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:50 PM

This is a very inspiring article!  I have gotten away from metal smithing lately because of the price of silver.  I am in the process of researching various metals and ideas and I am truly ready to get back in business!  Thank you Tammy!

mlsjewel wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:51 PM

Been using brass since 1997, have always loved the look and feel of the metal. Thanks for the contest!

JerryANJ wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:51 PM

We use a brass-based material in our jewelry line based on ancient Anatolian jewelry. It is pretty easy to work with as it is more brass than anything else. It is very cool to see brass used in jewelry as it also has a fantastic patina! :)

Jodyreneelee wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:54 PM

Fantastic article, and a much better use of potato chips :-)

ErinK42 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:54 PM

I absolutely love the look of brass and compared to precious metals, its price cant be beat!

TamiK@4 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:57 PM

I am very new to metalsmithing, but very interested in enamaling. Will get to try eventually!

jorysnyder wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 6:58 PM

I love mixing metals! All the brass findings are beautiful!

dlduff wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:00 PM

I like to combine brass and copper elements. Love Nunn products.

smulder wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:00 PM

Some great ideas here.  I've recently started adding brass to my work, so will have to play with these - thanks!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:04 PM

Would love to win some Nunn brass!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:05 PM

Brass conjures warm, history, versatility to me.  I love working with it and it loves working with me! :-)

SusanS5 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:08 PM

I haven't used brass before but have wanted to try so this was a timely post. Thank you!

Susan

martinshaw wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:11 PM

I love all metals! Thanks for another giveaway. This looks awesome! Fingers crossed to win it!

holly132 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:13 PM

I like brass and the assortment from Nunn would be great fun.

on 14 Jan 2013 7:18 PM

I've been making jewely for quite a while, but am just venturing into working more with metals.  I would LOVE to have a selection of Nunn Design components to work with.  Thank you.

normaturvey wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:19 PM

I love enameling copper, I think I need some brass components to try!

pat gebes wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:19 PM

I've started playing with brass too.  I managed to find a lot of brass sheet so have lots to play with.  Would like some Nunn Design pieces to throw into the mix.  In short, pick me!!!

louise@141 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:24 PM

I have been a huge fan of nunn designs for 2 yrs and love working with her products.  I have entered every giveaway contest featuring them and haven't won yet, but I won't give up until I do!  I hope this time will do it.

gina O

MelanieR@5 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:26 PM

I adore the enamel on brass!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:26 PM

Great ideas to try. I have done reticulation on brass with success too.

nahbois wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:28 PM

I have always loved brass its the first metal i was trained with but try to use it when ever i can

chrissiann wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:30 PM

I love working with Brass!  It's my favorite metal to use.  Although I have never used anything from Nunn designs, I would love the opportunity to play with their brass designs.  My favorite with brass is adding patinas!  I just love how it never looks the same!  You can do two of the same pieces and they still come out looking different.

birdie45 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:33 PM

I've made a few pieces from copper sheet but not yet from brass.  Even though I have a piece of brass sheet, I have not yet had the nerve to start working with it.  I love working with the copper, so I need to get my courage up and go ahead and get some work done with the brass!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:36 PM

i love the array of brass pieces that are offered by Nunn.  they always have the most unusual pieces around.  Numm also carries the pieces i like to use with DeCore.

mismis777 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:37 PM

I would love to win this... I just started my adventure with using alternative metals so this would be an exciting prize to win.  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

scaffnet wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:38 PM

Wow, that enamel on brass looks great! Sign me up please!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:39 PM

In the past 8 months, I've added  a glass kiln to my equipment and experimented with dichroic glass pendants.  At this time, I've accumulated quite a pile of pendants and have begun adding other elements, like brass components and copper wire, to make the glass even more interesting.  Dappling tools and surface finishes and mixed media crafting has opened up an entire new way to use my stash.  Life is good!

osaat wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:40 PM

great article and great give away!

I haven't worked much with brass, I have been afraid it would tarnish

MHeckathor1 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:42 PM

I love the tips!  I just started doing soldering and can't wait to try new things!

SuzanneO@7 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:43 PM

I haven't used any brass, but I like the look of that torched brass-that sounds like something I'd like to try. I haven't ever tried enamels, either - that would be interesting to try, if I can do it with a simple torch.

on 14 Jan 2013 7:48 PM

I am obsessed with learning more and more about making metal jewelry. Brass would be a great material to practice my metal jewelry designing chops on.

tamda wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:48 PM

I'm a newbie to jewelry making and brass is a metal i like as well as copper. I love the victorian and steampunk styles. I have made rings with brass wire and they look really elegant.

Debbie@25 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:49 PM

I haven't used brass yet but I would love to try!

Llillyz wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:52 PM

Very coincidental that I just started using Nunn products and then you write about them!

on 14 Jan 2013 7:57 PM

Great ideas for using brass and alternative metals. Have used copper since becoming interested in working with metals and just recently purchased some brass and silver to make some mixed metal pieces.  Have not yet used a torch on the brass, but love the result on the brass heat patina shown above.  Absolutely gorgeous!  It is exactly that mystery of metals that has captivated me from the start; the wonder and capriciousness of metal as it taunts and seduces you as you apply heat or enamel, or simply add texture.  My torch will be fired up tomorrow as I explore brass!  Thanks Tammy for all your articles, you are an inspiration.   Thanks Nunn Designs for your tantalizing offer!

w_nlambert wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:58 PM

I've tried copper and would like to expand to brass- nice article- especially the patina with potato chips!

kaelyn30 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 7:58 PM

I never used brass but I think it would be fun to try.

meganeo wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:03 PM

what wonderful pieces, its like wonderful little antique findings, I would love to work with these

Sheryl@35 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:04 PM

Would love to be able to play with your brass line.  Haven't tried out the heat patina on brass.  Can't wait!

boboliboo wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:07 PM

A very interesting and inspiring article. Thank you Tammy. I have always been a "silver person" but am now looking at brass and copper due to $ and customers leaning more towards gold coloured pieces.  Up til now I have been a bit hesitant as I am unsure of how to use brass and how the metal behaves.  I find your article very encouraging and am now ready to give it a go :)

Bonnealice1 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:10 PM

Love the look of brass, but haven't tried soldering it yet.  Soldering class in Santa Fe at the BeadFest!

on 14 Jan 2013 8:16 PM

Brass has always been one of my favorite metals.  Besides its warmth, it is affordable enough that I am not afraid to experiment and ruin anything expensive.  Nunn's designs and products are marvelous!  Thanks for the chance to win these beauties!

inchargemom wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:17 PM

I love playing with different materials, different textures, to come up with unique pieces.  I would love to get some of these gorgeous pieces from Nunn Designs....who knows what i might come up with next!?!

ooolabeads wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:17 PM

I have been using brass for some years now.   Loving all the unique brass findings that Nunn Designs has available!

CindyL@53 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:18 PM

i love working with brass and would love to win these findings!!!

holycrow wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:23 PM

I could have a lot of fun with these beautiful pieces. And I promise to share with my friends.

on 14 Jan 2013 8:25 PM

I can't wait.  Hope I win.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Thank you for providing it.  I love brass and copper.  Always have.  Even when it wasn't popular.  Nunn's products are awesome!  ceafranz   @   gmail.com (remove spaces.

llamaware wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:27 PM

Love, love,love all the new Nunn brass components - I have always been a "gold" type girl, but just can't afford it to design with and these new brass components are gorgeous!

Do enjoy reading your daily blog, Tammy - keep up the excellent work!

bmj

on 14 Jan 2013 8:28 PM

I have been experiementing with brass, copper, and other found objects to use in my jewelry making. I love all the small embellishments available now. Also love to make things look vintage.

mtcurtis wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:30 PM

I love Nunn designs. They have awesome components. Would love to experiment with some torch fired enamels with some of these.

sophia1964 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:37 PM

I would love to win this giveaway! Thank's for the opportunity :)

sgardella wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:45 PM

Great information! I am just starting out with soldering and I love brass and copper. I also just got the Rustic Wrappings book. Excellent!

Beanz wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:48 PM

Ive always been a brass fan.

Nice the rest of the world is catching up!

kattfive wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:49 PM

I love using Brass.  Nunn designs are some of the best... Thanks for the chance to win some creative fun...

on 14 Jan 2013 8:53 PM

I love brass, it's so versatile and you can make millions of different looks with it. It's a standard in my designs and Nunn is at the top of my supplier list!

Shannon W wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:54 PM

I've been interested in brass since I bought an antique flapper necklace (1920's) made from brass some years ago.  It has never tarnished and is so beautiful.  

Kimatlsu wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:57 PM

I was never a fan of brass until I started making jewelry! It has become one of my favorite metals! I love to pair brass filigree findings with bright blues to bring an interesting contrast to my designs.

Grammye wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 8:59 PM

I just love this rustic jewelry!  What a fantastic giveaway!,,,,

on 14 Jan 2013 9:02 PM

Man id love to have some brass to experiment with

Shardenblue wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:04 PM

I love brass! Nunn Designs has beautiful components!

laneyblue wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:10 PM

I have always loved and worn silver as well but am just getting into using copper. And I plan to start with brass next!

TammyP@5 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:11 PM

I have so wanted to try this but I am unable to find any brass findings I like locally and get so overwhelmed when looking at pieces on line. It would be so fantastic to have someone choose them out for me!!

Karen Steele wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:13 PM

Thanks for this opportunity to be a winner!

czecher wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:16 PM

I love Nunn design. Great for mix nad match projects.

on 14 Jan 2013 9:20 PM

I've been incorporating brass and other metals with Friendly Plastic.

hppiefrk wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:20 PM

I find all sorts of brass items at my local thrift stores and garage sales....so much fun to tinker and repurpose things and turn them into something new!

PaigeBacon wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:24 PM

This looks like a fun collection that I would love to play with.

denny@8 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:37 PM

Brass works brilliantly with sterling silver to give an antique feeling or a very crisp contemporary look.  I love combining metals.  Brass is the perfect material.

Decksie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:39 PM

Love to mix metals.. And brass is a favorite!

Tina Trotta wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:40 PM

In the last year I've began incorporating much more brass and copper into my jewelry. Not only for the beauty of these metals, but the cost of precious ones are becoming too expensive to buy very often. I've very much enjoyed the tips and knowledge I've gained from this site, and appreciate this opportunity.

on 14 Jan 2013 9:43 PM

I love the verdigris patina on jewelry...reminds me of ancient civilizations.

on 14 Jan 2013 9:47 PM

For more years than I can count, I have always been attracted to brass and have many knick knacks and candle sticks that I think really warm up my home.  I only started making jewelry in the last year, but I am grateful that there are companies like Nunn who provide us with so many lovely choices in stampings, charms, and findings, which makes it affordable to make fine jewelry to sell.  Almost all of my pieces include brass because I really like the way it looks and how it brings out the skin tones so beautifully in most people.  It also has such a lovely old world feel about it.  It  helps to inspire me, and I appreciate that.  Paula Milantoni - pmilantoni@wowway.com (Michigan)

Sheahasu wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:49 PM

I haven't tried brass.  I'm a silver girl, too, or darker metal.  Now that I see how brass can be used  to change it's, well, brassiness, I think I'll need to explore it.

Suedutoo wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:50 PM

I am using many brass charms and mini pocket watches recently. However, I have never tried enamel. I would love to try it sometime soon.

lelareigh wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:53 PM

I have been using brass, sheet, charms, findings, chain and all for years and it makes a wonderful alternative to gold and silver.  It is lovely enameled, with patina and just polished and then natural patina can take over and make it more beautiful.  I would really love to win the collection as I am a big fan of Nunn designs.  

jonido wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:53 PM

I love playing around with brass and adding it to my jewelry designs.

lmfrdc wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:54 PM

I have always liked brass.  Looks like a fun collection!

Kathy Lowe wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:58 PM

I have been interested in learning more about using brass and creating those great colors!

beach bum wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:58 PM

copper and brass are my go to metals, love the contras, and the hand forged arts and crafts look i can get. my silver box is going to tarnish,as I keep finding new things i can do with brass    

SMWgirl wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 9:59 PM

Nunn Design's brass components are great for creating my vintage designs. Looking forward to trying enamel on brass.

susanki wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:04 PM

Great article.  Thanks

Gizmo444 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:06 PM

The rainbow colours of heat patina brass...magnificent!  Have not yet tried enamelling. Looks fantastic. On my to do list!  

mjbosd wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:07 PM

I haven't used brass much in my jewelry yet but after seeing pretty Nunn Design-s I will sure try it soon.

Rijacki wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:18 PM

I like the feel of brass vs gold. Brass just feels warmer to me somehow. It doesn't hurt that brass is cheaper, too. I love that I can find things in brass vs just some unknown base metal with a thin veneer of plating that may or may not be the metal you really want.

lady0lake wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:21 PM

I have never tried brass but would love to try the heated patina method to add to my jewelry making. I usually use raw stone but can picture a dangling piece of crystal hanging from the center of the example.

prairie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:28 PM

Tammy, Love the blog and the projects are always my style and the info is so great! Brass with the enameling is very pretty and I would love to try it out on the giveaway from Nunn.

SandyM@44 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:28 PM

Brass is great to work with. I love the wonderful things I can create!

Karalee77 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:39 PM

I would absolutly LOVE to win this!!!

Shipton wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:50 PM

I've been using brass and copper rings along with glass and gemstone beads for steampunkish chain maille jewelry.  Would love to win the Nunn Designs stuff.

on 14 Jan 2013 10:52 PM

Love your post. I have never used brass before. I just started with copper and still new at it. Will have to try this for sure. :)

beader24 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 10:58 PM

Thanks for the informative article and new way to think about other metals.

KirstenF@4 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:02 PM

I have loved working with brass for a long time and have always thought that it was an under recognised and under utlised metal in jewellery. I love how it patinas with age (similar to the patina of sterling silver as it ages) or it can be artificially aged or coloured. Torch firing enamels onto brass is something that I would like to try and have never used any of the products from Nunn designs so it would be great to win and experiment!

on 14 Jan 2013 11:06 PM

found....shaped.....tarnished........loved

comaki wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:11 PM

Brass has always been my practice metal, but for the past year, I find I use it much more, especially now that I am adding in torch enameling to my pieces. Just love the look of the heated brass pieces.

suzi@16 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:31 PM

Ooh that looks terrific!  I'd love to play with the metals and see what I can create...

RobinT@21 wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:32 PM

Brass is Beautiful!!!  I have really been wanting to get into working with metals.

lromenagata wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:33 PM

Would love the chance to try designing with brass.  Thanks!

beammeup wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:39 PM

i use brass for viking knit bracelets.  it looks like gold but at a fraction of the price and is easy to work with

tnaubie wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:45 PM

I am new to jewelry making and am excited about alternatives to gold and silver.  Thank you for the opportunity to enter this give-a-way!

abbydale wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:55 PM

Brass has always been a favorite way to add dimension or a vintage flair to a piece. Beautiful all around. The idea of enameling over it is really intriguing.

NickiSyx wrote
on 14 Jan 2013 11:59 PM

Love Nunn products! Saved  enough money

To buy a butane torch for myself for  Christmas

So it would be a dream to win! One because its

a great prize, and two I enter, and enter and never

Win it would rock to start off 2013 winning ! Lol

on 15 Jan 2013 12:20 AM

Such cool techniques ... now I want to try them all

sharienne wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:30 AM

I  like brass too. It has personality and doesn't need much to bling.

Sharienne Weidner

Zhann wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:36 AM

Brass and copper my two favorite metals for everything! Nunn's brass looks absolutely fabulous, I can think of dozens of jewelry pieces to make....

kovitvon wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:01 AM

I'm mostly a silver gal also, but am starting to play more with gold colors. I'd love to see what I could do with this collection of brass findings!

on 15 Jan 2013 1:02 AM

I haven't worked with brass - yet, but it does intrigue me so I'm sure I will get there one day!

on 15 Jan 2013 1:04 AM

I used to only use sterling silver, but lately I have really enjoyed playing with many different metals and finishes, and customers are more receptive to different metals.  This collection would be a lot of fun!

sayuri7 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:15 AM

Brass is my go to metal - It is sturdy, doesnt react with your skin badly, which copper does and it can be either shined up or antiqued or just dulled depending on the look we want. Its really versatile and you find a huge variety even in commercial findings

DyannP wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:16 AM

I absolutely love the Nunn Design collections. I would like to win!

Dyann Paynovich

Winecrucifix wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:23 AM

his sounds great! I've never done anything with brass as I'm just starting out really but will certainly have a go! Thanks!

gelfling73 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:26 AM

Hello I have been delving in the jewelry designing craft .  I have tried many different avenues can't say I am an expert designer yet but getting close.   I would love to try Nunn .  Your ideas are awesome and ty for sharing.  jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com

Thank you , bye for now and Happy designing/ beading

gina-designs wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:27 AM

I I find myself using more brass in my designs. I like the warm color and  the ease   of use.

breeziebeez wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:28 AM

  I'm very new to jewelry making and barely know what I'm doing.  And for some reason brass pieces had become apart of my new obsession right from the beginning.  Although I never know what I'll do with them at first,  I can't help but keep collecting pieces every chance I get.  The possibilities are endless, so much fun!

bretta wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:33 AM

Tammy, you always have such great tips and ideas, i always love opening your newsletter. Nunn Design has, yet again, come up with wonderfully yummy new goodies to call to me. Thanks for the chance to win! I've started up again with metals in the last few years after a long time away from them. I was lucky enough to take jewelry classes with Lois Hill in high school!

elducko wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:40 AM

Brass is actualy special to me because many years ago my husband gave me a wire-wrapped stone on a silk cord.  This was before we were dating and I still have it.  He brought me to trying things out with metal I would never have dared to dream I could do.  Brass is perfect for things you are not sure will work out but just strong enough to endure if you have made something special.

on 15 Jan 2013 2:03 AM

I am just learning about enameling and how great brass and copper work!!! Would love to try the items from Nunn!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a sampling!

dragonkeeper wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:06 AM

Wow! Would be great fun to play with

on 15 Jan 2013 2:13 AM

Hmm. This article is very interesting, especially about painting the metal and firing it with a torch..  Am a newbie, but have tried some brass.  Would like to win this great prize.  Have been a decorative painter for years, but the wire and beads kept calling me.

radsweb wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:40 AM

i am fairly new to jewelry making mostly working in silver pearls and swarovski crystals, but would love to try brass.

on 15 Jan 2013 3:04 AM

Brass components are hard to find in my country, they are mostly copper silver or gold tone.

I would love to try brass for a change.

gr Carina

hkurzman wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 3:32 AM

Love Nunn Designs! Great designs & lots of variety. This collection would give me a ton of inspiration. Fingers crossed that I'm the lucky winner.

shears58 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 3:49 AM

I have always loved brass. Growing up in England, I used to go with my big sister to old churches where she did brass rubbings for school. The metal always fascinated me and I love the colour of it to this day! I love Nunn designs too.

moon@9 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 4:15 AM

I recently gotten interested in enameling and Nunn Designs is just what I've been looking for. What a great site to explore!

on 15 Jan 2013 5:16 AM

I love working with brass metals.  My favorite is using patinas and torching enamels on them.

on 15 Jan 2013 5:21 AM

I've been a little intimidated by brass and how to finish the metal.  I didn't know you could torch enamel on brass!  HHmmm...

on 15 Jan 2013 5:21 AM

I started using copper and brass for my ring designs.  Love to create with different colors in mind.  Thanks for the article, was full of great info.

Xenix wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 5:22 AM

I love how much vintage-y goodness you can get with copper and brass - and I've barely even tried half of the things I have ideas for. :-) Love this site and all the inspiration. :-)

on 15 Jan 2013 5:40 AM

With the current cost of gold going too high for a newby to practice with and silver rihgt up there with it, thank goodness for a practically priced metal like brass.  Otherwise this is one newby that would have to give up on learning soldering and those jewelry making techniques!

Paulida wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 5:41 AM

I love Vintage Art and I just can't get the vintage feeling with any metal other than brass...

mandydorny wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 6:41 AM

I make a small line of  1 of a kind jewelry for 4 art galleries,around a famous theme park here in Orlando who have been reluctant to carry anything but silver and gold (vermeil).  I recently started forcing copper & brass pieces down their throats and much too their surprise they sell  well. People are becoming much more sophisticated in their tastes-looking for the unusual, and brass and other metals offer an affordable way for me to be inventive.  I love the person who wrote they use Goodwill knick knacks-that's a fav of mine too!

on 15 Jan 2013 6:43 AM

I love brass, these would be fun!

Cathy@263 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:06 AM

Brass has always been one of my favorite metals to work with and lately I have added copper also.

Cathy

Caty Ann's Creations

www.catyannscreations.com

kdingo@2 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:07 AM

Would love to play with the brass and enamels.  Thanks for all the great ideas.  My mind won't stop...........

smithje wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:09 AM

I use alcohol ink to paint my brass pieces, heat set and then use a layer of ICE resin to protect the ink.  It is beautiful!

LAppleget wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:09 AM

So much to try... So little time.

Beadbunny wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:10 AM

Very good info.  Never thought about brass until your article.  Love the look of  it with added effects  

Pam@322 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:12 AM

Haven't "warmed up" to brass yet.  Maybe flaming some would do it?

me_alina wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:18 AM

The components are wonderful, congratulations!

KathyH wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:24 AM

I haven't used a lot of brass to date - I don't have a local bead or craft store so I've been sticking with things that I know I love (like silver).  But your mention of enameling brass has really piqued my interest and I'm definitely going to have to give that a try - can't wait!

akoschni wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:30 AM

I love steam punk and vintage looks and brass works well with them.

on 15 Jan 2013 7:32 AM

I am definitely going to incorporate some of these ideas in my jewelry making!

on 15 Jan 2013 7:43 AM

I've only used copper and silver so far, but brass is on my to-experiment-with list. I don't wear gold, but there's something about brass that is very classy to me.

VJBowen wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:48 AM

Coming from the field of Invasitve Surgical Equipment where I was able to do reverse engineering, jewelery making seemed to happen naturally.  I come from several generations of different aspects in art...I would love to get my hands on this impressive bundle...it's like getting a box of chocolates...mmm...delicious

dkkann wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:49 AM

I have been incorporating more metal components in my jewelry making.  I found that the combinations are pretty endless, and I love the look!  I have begun using brass recently too, as I was pretty much a silver person before.  I love the gold look and the components make it easy, and fun.

rrooll wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:51 AM

I love working with brass!  Adding brass to collage like jewlery adds a bit of the past and a vintage look.  I can't wait to try the potato chip patina - who would have thought it!

Sheila B. wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 7:55 AM

I've always loved the color of gold jewelry and it is my preferred color to wear.  Unfortunately, since I am not independently wealthy, I can no longer afford to buy the real stuff.  Fortunately, there is a nice alternative in brass.  It's been variously called Merlin's gold, jeweler's bronze, red brass or rich low brass.  It has a higher copper content than regular brass, giving it a color very close to 14k gold.  It's nice to work with, looks like the real thing, and you don't have to mortgage your life to buy it.  And as Tammy said, it's fun to heat patina.  Nice to see it making a comeback.

on 15 Jan 2013 7:59 AM

I too am a silver lover and the higher prices over the years have forced me to look into alternative metals. I've always been a fan of copper, but brass was a bit harder for me to get used to using.  I love Kerry's book and the ways you can get it to patina - it's very cool.   I have yet to solder or enamel it, though. Nunn Design's products as well as a few others in the industry have helped to bring new life to brass and I'm eager to try a few new things this year with it and will be using more of it in my designs I'm sure!

on 15 Jan 2013 8:01 AM

I have ways used brass in my designs. I love to heat patina.  Starting to love the gold aspect too.

BettyM@36 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:09 AM

 I love this package! Brass is my fave metal and I work with it alot. Help me expand my stash!

sagearwen wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:09 AM

I am fairly new at using brass and metal pieces in my jewelry making but I love making jrwelry and would love to incorporate more metal pieces into my jewelry. I would be absolutely delighted to win this giveaway and work with the lovely designs from Nunn Design. Thank you for this opportunity to win their products.

KathleenC@20 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:15 AM

I love the look of verdigris... good to know that it works so nicely on brass!

beebopboogie wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:25 AM

Would love to win and experiment!!!

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pmjsmom wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:32 AM

I have always loved the look of brass and copper and have made a few pieces that combine the two metals. They are beautiful and affordable!

on 15 Jan 2013 8:34 AM

Brass has been one of my favorite metals for jewelry because of the extra stiffness it has compared to copper. And once you run red brass through a tumbler it really looks like gold but at a more affordable price for clients to keep adding new pieces

bcline wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:35 AM

I use mostly copper and alluminum.  I would love to add to my "collection" and see what beauitful things I can make out of brass.  Let me create!

eepjr24 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:40 AM

Anyone have any good tips for determining if a piece is brass, rather than something plated? Preferably before putting it to the torch! =P Thanks.

Mary AnneF wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:41 AM

I love Brass! It's affordable and still very rich looking.

cfoley1215 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:44 AM

Love Nunn Design pieces. They are so detailed and they have so many creative components.

LeslieY@2 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:44 AM

I love brass and copper.  Can't wait to try the enameling.  Looks great!

BoogieWoogie wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:47 AM

I enjoy working with brass jewelry so very much.

Dorilvn812 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:13 AM

I love brass, just as you said in the article,it can pass for gold and not as expensive. it is also very adaptable to just about any fiber, fabric, bead color or metal you want to add to it. It is also easy to bend, twist and implant those dream designs onto. There ar so many beautiful brass components and with gilder's paste or patina or even plating, you have a universe of possibilities just waiting for your imagination.

on 15 Jan 2013 9:15 AM

Great - Informative article and what a wonderful giveaway - Nunn Designs are awesome!  I mostly work with brass in my designs, mostly brass filigree, more recently adding brass adornments.  Painting the brass with Swellegant and using other materials such as patinas can really change the brass design.  The Nunn Design pieces would be a great way to start off the new year.  Thanks for the article.  

Mazame wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:15 AM

I've been stringing and weaving beads for about 2 years now and have only recently begun my creative journey with metals.  Loving every minute.

mrhird wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:17 AM

I have been using silver colored & copper for quite a while, but I'm starting to get into brass more. I love the trend of using mixed metals, it fits my style.

BinkyM wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:22 AM

I use brass with the polymer clay jewelry I make both because it resembles gold and because it's affordable, but it never occurred to me to try to use it in any color but its usual warm goldish color. Thanks for the idea about patinas! My mind is suddenly swimming with ideas, and it's looking like I'm gonna be having a busy week. I'm off to research patinas!

SheryH2 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:30 AM

I have sterling, silver plate, copper and brass materials on my work bench.  THe first riveted piece I made was putting sterling, copper and brass together in the best pendant ever made!! Am experimenting right now with multiple wires in viking knit...brass being one of them...can't wait to see how it draws to a finish.  May be a bigt mess, but how do we know until we try?  Go Nunn!

on 15 Jan 2013 9:32 AM

I was working alot with silver but that makes things more expensive for customers and then found Nunn Design products and fell in love.What beautiful things can be made. I would love to win .

on 15 Jan 2013 9:32 AM

I was working alot with silver but that makes things more expensive for customers and then found Nunn Design products and fell in love.What beautiful things can be made. I would love to win .

SherryGail wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:34 AM

I started out doing Kumihimo beading several months ago and being a adventurous lady am trying to broaden my jewelry making and designing by trying different mediums as I do in my art, i.e. watercolor, oil, colored pencil, acrylics.  I have fallen in love with metalworking and all of the different looks that can be achieved through this.

on 15 Jan 2013 9:35 AM

Brass, copper and bronze seems to be the new trend in jewellery making. I like the affordability of the metal. Thanks for the opportunity.

jsabel wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:40 AM

What a great giveaway.  It would be so much fun "playing" around with the pieces in the package, coming up with new designs.

tsmith007 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:41 AM

I have been using silver and copper primarily but have a nice little collection of brass just waiting for me to experiment with. Thanks for the motivation!

MAH4 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:52 AM

I love vintage in my art quilts and mixed media projects and might finally get to use my mini torch to do some heating of metal. Meredith

hula-la wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 10:05 AM

oh my...this is getting the creative juices flowing...Please count me in!

AmyE@18 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 10:09 AM

I teach high school jewelry and this is a big issue with my students. More and more they are working with and experimenting with brass.

skygrazer wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:02 AM

I love brass and copper. Stamped or textured, then I use gun bluing to give it a dark patina in the recesses.

peabrain wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:05 AM

Using alternative metals is the only way I can experiment at all. It's so much less expensive if you can use stuff from a hardware store. Thanks for a great article!

TPR wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:13 AM

I love brass, as copper makes my skin green.  Making jewelry is one of  my therapy sessions with my self.  It gives me a calm to an otherwise hectic day.

Braileysmum wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:15 AM

Not only do I make new jewelry but I love vintage and brass always gets me thinking what I can do to work it in with the vintage that I work with.  Love it?

Braileysmum wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:15 AM

Not only do I make new jewelry but I love vintage and brass always gets me thinking what I can do to work it in with the vintage that I work with.  Love it?

Braileysmum wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:15 AM

Not only do I make new jewelry but I love vintage and brass always gets me thinking what I can do to work it in with the vintage that I work with.  Love it?

farnkitty18 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:22 AM

Love the vintage look.

simi1975 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:35 AM

I like using metal objects with polymer clay. The list is endless what you can do with both together!

JewelKathy wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:39 AM

I love Nunn designs and want to incorporate more of them in my multi media resin designs

barlee88 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:50 AM

I haven't used brass before, but I would love to.

lsmoore wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:06 PM

I've been eagerly watching all the techniques and hints about working with metal, so this would be a great opportunity to get me started. Thanks so much to Beading Daily and Nunn Designs for a great giveaway!

RandiJ wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:10 PM

I love patinas on metal.  They are so unique and add character.

KVOORHES wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:11 PM

Have loved working with copper, cant wait to try out the brass techniques.

platgold wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:14 PM

Awesome.  Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

on 15 Jan 2013 12:20 PM

I love to repurpose vintage jewelry and I find brass works well on these older pieces. I love the way it looks with leather, too.

jewelsetter wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:31 PM

I have never used brass but look forward to new and innovative ways to increase my knowledge and expertise.

on 15 Jan 2013 12:50 PM

I've really enjoyed using Nunn Design components - ton's of fun.

on 15 Jan 2013 12:50 PM

I've really enjoyed using Nunn Design components - ton's of fun.

mostcreative wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 12:50 PM

Well, before seeing your post, I would have said, no, I wasn't too fond of brass.  I really like the patina-ed brass a lot, though, so you've changed y mind.

Joyce Ford wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:01 PM

Brass has a warmth that other metals do not. My first piece of soldered earring I made with brass. It was so easy, and it took my fears about the torch away!

on 15 Jan 2013 1:01 PM

I have used Nunn products for a long time, love them.  Now another reason to buy a micro torch that I have been eyeing for a while.   I also love mirkaba's idea.  Will have to check out Goodwill again.  Thanks all.

linksmith wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:03 PM

Thanks for all the great tips-I'm going to have to delve into enameling...

Judi Marie wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:13 PM

I love Nunn design!  I haven't used their brass pieces yet, and would love to play with some. Thanks for the chance to win some of their beautiful components.

capoppy55 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:21 PM

What a beautiful ring you made! That makes me want to try enameling, which I have been too chicken to try before.  

on 15 Jan 2013 1:31 PM

It would be so cool to win. Thank you. Love this site!

phrixy wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:48 PM

What a fun project. I love brass. I don't believe I have ever had a real preference for what metal to use, except that it look great.

I never thought to patina with potato chips! Thanks for the article!

DonnaK@49 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:50 PM

I am a yellow metal lover and brass is easy to use and a lot less expensive than gold.

NaomieAW wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 1:53 PM

I love working with metal pieces and these are beautiful!!

synethia wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:02 PM

Working with brass again, alright I used brass in the past, when it was hard to find thank you Nunn for bringing it out w/ lovely designs I can't wait to try it..

mjmusser wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:19 PM

Absolutely great in hot mixed metal jewelry. Those Nunn charms would be great on a mixed metal charm bracelet or necklace

kptarge wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:20 PM

I haven't played around a lot with brass patinas and enameling, but this article has inspired me!

HarryK wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:46 PM

I like the antique look created ....whether brass or copper both are my Favourite to use with wire work..i particularly like the Blue patina ...

jsabel wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:47 PM

This looks like a great giveaway.  I haven't worked with metals, so this would be a great chance to do this.

nating 1 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 2:59 PM

I have been using brass in my classroom for years.  It's a great metal for beginners and masters!  Thanks for the into to Nunn Designs.  I was not aware of this company and will have to check them out!

nating 1 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 3:02 PM

I love brass and have been using it in my classroom for years.  It's great for beginners and well seasoned metalsmiths.  Thanks for the into to Nunn designs.  I will definitely check them out.

Chic Chiwawa wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 3:08 PM

I love the look of brass and Nunn Design has the most scrumptious pieces I have ever seen.  I have started a jewelry business to supplement my fixed income, and have to ask for the money to buy the brass goodies up front.  The ladies at Church are very understanding and do not mind paying in advance for these beautiful pieces.   thank you so much for this chance to win all these beautiful brass pieces.

on 15 Jan 2013 3:28 PM

I always incorporate brass into every one of my designs. I just love it.  I can't wait to try the potato chip patina!  It would be wonderful to win this giveaway.

on 15 Jan 2013 3:28 PM

I always incorporate brass into every one of my designs. I just love it.  I can't wait to try the potato chip patina!  It would be wonderful to win this giveaway.

on 15 Jan 2013 3:33 PM

I would love to win this, I am making jewelry for my nieces wedding and those would be perfect

Karla Morgan wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 3:42 PM

I just found this site. Very very interesting. I'm new to metalworking but I love it and working with wire too. It would be so cool to win this giveaway!

Chic Chiwawa wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 4:03 PM

I love brass pieces as an alternative to silver and gold.  Thank you Nunn Design for the chance to win these beautiful pieces.  I have started my own jewelry business to supplement my fixed income.  I have to ask for the cost of the brass pieces in advance as I do not have the money to buy the pieces , luckily the ladies at Church understand.

muggs wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 4:14 PM

I love the warmth of brass.  This is a great giveaway.

Vixtria wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 4:16 PM

I am working with resin, and would love to put some brass pieces in the bezels!

jldela wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 4:59 PM

Alternative metals are so much more affordable

jldela wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 5:01 PM

Great giveaway.  Brass is so much more affordable

Lady Kara wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 5:11 PM

I've been doing a lot of wire wrapping in brass, plus ring maille.  I love working with brass, and would absolutely LOVE to win this collection.

spectrefx wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 5:16 PM

Brass is the new silver! I've only been tinkering in metals, but Nunn Design makes me want to start fresh!

LEE ANNO wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 6:05 PM

Brass is such a "friendly" metal to use! I love it. Glad to see that it is becoming more popular! Thanks for the article.

pi623 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 8:07 PM

I've been using brass since I began making jewelry many years ago! Would love to win this great collection from Nunn!

Robin L wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:16 PM

Love the brass from Nunn.  They have beautiful things.

stephawoods wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:16 PM

Lately I have been using copper and brass. Some steel (silver). I do not use gold much, I do not wear gold, and do not seem to work with it as much.

kittydoc wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 9:17 PM

I have really come to love brass in my jewelry making, both for beading and metalsmithing.  It is strong, but not difficult to work with.  It can be patinated, though the effect is more subtle (which I actually like).  Brass has heft and strength while still being quite workable and forgiving, and it has a lovely golden color without the high price of gold jewelry.  Brass is a blast!

on 15 Jan 2013 9:28 PM

Fantastic article! I am SO loving metal. I haven't done nearly as much with as I would like because I can't afford many charms - but articles like this help me remember there are tons of cheap/free ideas to treat the metal. I had forgotten the potato chip bag method...YAY!

Thank you for an amazing giveaway - and a terrific article. I so wish you were my next door neighbor! lol I think 2013 is the of metal for me!

birdy11 wrote
on 15 Jan 2013 11:47 PM

Wonderful assortment of fun...would love to win it.

jeanreiher wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 12:40 AM

I'd love to try working with transparent enamels and patina finishes.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Valbeads wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 1:39 AM

I use quite a bit of brass.  There's no way I can afford gold, and brass comes in so many different lovely finishes.  My favorite is antique brass.  It has that dark, rich tarnish to it and it really complements some of my rich colored stones when I'm wire wrapping bezels, or some other wire wrap design.  You can purchase regular brass that has the appearance of gold, and you can purchase it nickel free as well; so important if you have a nickel allergy!

marymee wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 5:35 AM

I too have gone to other metals because of the cost of sterling, but to my delight as you said brass is a good sub. for gold but the best part because is more economical you can try many different techniques with it than I would ever try with gold filled.I can only hope I win , but whom ever wins ,have lots of fun with your stash.

on 16 Jan 2013 6:22 AM

I've been using a lot of brass as well, and I love Nunn Design components!

Chris@267 wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 6:26 AM

I love brass especially as wire, I'm off to look at the lovely brass components from Nunn Design.

Franre wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 6:44 AM

I've recently started working with copper and brass is the next logical step, especially after reading today's Beading Daily Blog. Looking forward to winning:)

Franre wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 6:46 AM

I've started working with copper and brass is the next logical step, especially after reading today's Beading Daily Blog. Looking forward to it.

BeadMeAstray wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 6:49 AM

I've always tended to use silver (or silver coloured) components for jewellery-making, as some gold-plated things discolour quickly and make the finished piece look cheap.  But these brass components look lovely - and I like the idea of using household items for patinas.

Nina Owens wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 7:03 AM

My favorite style of jewelry to make is mixed media - these pieces would be great to incorporate into jewelry pieces. I didn't know you could patina brass with heat like copper. Can't wait to try it - thanks for sharing and the instructions!

KymHunter wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 7:16 AM

I was a big fan of silver and started using brass a copper here and there, a couple of years ago.  I now use brass and copper components and chains more than silver.  I haven't tried any of the Nunn Design products yet, but would love too!

hoosierchic wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 10:15 AM

I love to make romantic pieces and bead embroidery and I just can't complete a piece without a little brass to bring it all together.

Reesie271 wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 10:51 AM

I pretty much use brass and copper only.  I cant afford the prices for the "finer" metals but have had no problems with these metals at all.  Brass and copper give me beautiful results that my customers love so why use the more expensive metals anyway.  please enter me in the giveaway.

kathycoons wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 11:52 AM

Funny, I just sorted out all my copper and brass pieces and thought,"I should use those for something." Lots of ideas, just need the time.

Edselone wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 12:02 PM

i also like combining brass and copper.  the "gold" and "rust" colors look beautiful together and i'v found my designs hold up very well.  

Jen@52 wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 12:13 PM

I must try to use more brass! Beautiful collection of brass and other components. Definitely off to view their FB page. Thanks.

poconut wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 12:24 PM

Brass is my all-time favorite metal. I would love to win these beauties!

justzo wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 2:28 PM

I love brass in all its forms. It's versatility is amazing - there is so much you can do with it!  And I am thrilled to discover Barbara Lewis's Painting with Fire Studio. I can't wait to get started. Yippee!

hlkramer wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 5:05 PM

Like a lot of the readers, I have switched to brass....and for me I design almost entirely around brass and copper. I do a lot with antiqued finishes but love it all! Thanks for the contest!

Cyndi@31 wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 5:23 PM

I love brass for all the reason you mentioned! Just starting to play with enamels and appreciate I am not the only one that have melted a few "mystery" metals in the process. Thanks for your article!

Fighting my urge to do my donkey impression from Shriek "Pick me, pick me"!

Cyndi

mjt_fb wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 6:19 PM

This collection will give me the opportunity  to expand my skills in jewelry making

Yrd wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 8:12 PM

Hi,

I love brass and use it with copper and silver. I'm always looking for new ways to use them. It would be awesome to win.

on 16 Jan 2013 8:18 PM

I love brass and the look of brass and copper together or brass and silver together.  I see so many possibilities in the picture of give-a-way goodness!

margephegley wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 8:24 PM

I have made many things from brass, it is one of my favorite metals to use. it is so easy to manipulate and patina with heat. I love the different affects that can be achived with it.

margephegley wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 8:30 PM

I love to work with brass and have for many years, it can be manipulated and patinaed in so many different ways. it has been a favorite metal of mine for a long time. I am glad that others are also using it. It is so much fun to play with.

michellesm wrote
on 16 Jan 2013 8:51 PM

Thanks for the great article and exciting giveaway opportunity.  I've had success using alcohol inks on brass and have found that nail polish works great on brass, too.  Sand it a little with fine grit sandpaper first and then paint on a light coat.  Very pretty when using sheer colors to let the brass shine through.

on 16 Jan 2013 9:53 PM

I haven't used brass but the flame painting photo above has inspired me. I'm going to try it!

on 16 Jan 2013 9:53 PM

I haven't used brass but the flame painting photo above has inspired me. I'm going to try it!

Hallenore wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 7:17 AM

Thanks for your great tips! I really like using brass (as well as copper & silver) and the tip about using nail polish on one of the comments above has sent me off in another direction for a while!

dbankester wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 10:55 AM

Just learning the beauty of this amazing metal from Dear Artist Friends.  Almost finished completing my first fold forming project =). So thankful for this sight <3

dbankester

misha103 wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 11:22 AM

I've played with copper, but brass looks fun, too.

haezz wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 11:24 AM

I've been learning jewelry design at home; trial and error mostly, but your magazine's guidance has been a life and mind saver. Thanks for introducing me to all the wonders of this amazing craft. After reading this article, brass and its possibilities for my designs has really caught my attention.

Thank you!

windbent wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 11:36 AM

There are so many ways to paint brass that give you completely different looks. You can also melt metal powders onto it in the oven.

Vera S wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 1:55 PM

Thank you, both for the ideas and for the giveaway!

I would love to expand into the yellow, from the silvery, and also use more affordable materials, but most of all - try something new! That's the best!

(vs2 (at) dax (dot) nu)

dj2isme wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 2:38 PM

I love brass and copper! Much easier on the pocketbook so it doesn't "hurt" so much when I mess up!

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

tinamfiore wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 7:42 PM

I've really come to appreciate brass.  It's inexpensive so I'm able to play and try new things without worrying about the cost.  

I love trying new things and making jewelry but I want them to look amazing!  Some of the base metal components you see are tacky looking.  I'm glad to see these findings.  They look amazing!

Pauleygirl wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 7:52 PM

I love working with brass and copper.  I would go nuts over these componets!

Debwolfe62 wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 8:05 PM

Just starting out trying all kinds of new stuff.  Brass is on the list as well.

Sophy wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 8:33 PM

There are lots of fun versions of chain that come in brass that can be used with these components, too.

melonrose wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 11:54 PM

Brass is one of my favorite metals to work with - And Nunn has the BEST!

judith w wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 12:02 AM

I love brass, use it a lot in jewelry. I'm just beginning to play with patinas and other colorants on brass--very cool results. Would love to win this giveaway.

chelleh0868 wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 7:45 AM

Ive been beading for a while (about 2 years off n on) now, but not much experience with metals.  After reading this, I think I might be ready to delve into this craft and see how I can incorporate it into my beading and jewelry making skills. (Which are not many--still a novice in my opinion) :)

Thank You!!

chelleh0868 wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 7:45 AM

Ive been beading for a while (about 2 years off n on) now, but not much experience with metals.  After reading this, I think I might be ready to delve into this craft and see how I can incorporate it into my beading and jewelry making skills. (Which are not many--still a novice in my opinion) :)

Thank You!!

chelleh0868 wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 7:45 AM

Ive been beading for a while (about 2 years off n on) now, but not much experience with metals.  After reading this, I think I might be ready to delve into this craft and see how I can incorporate it into my beading and jewelry making skills. (Which are not many--still a novice in my opinion) :)

Thank You!!

Mamasully wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 10:31 AM

Brass is one of my favorite metals to use!  I do alot of Victorian pieces and this collection  would be a wonderful addition to my growing number of brass and other metal pieces!!

on 18 Jan 2013 10:49 AM

It's surprising how many different colors of beads, patinas and mixed media items work so well with bronze.  My best selling necklaces last year were the ones with bronze chain and findings! Try mixing bronze with flourite and amethyst. Simply gorgeous! I would love to win the Nunn Design package as their products are wonderful to work with!

chrisanne64 wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 11:36 AM

I have a nice collection of copper, would love to add some brass to that. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Yager wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 1:17 PM

I'd love to explore this aspect of jewelry making and this would provide the perfect opportunity.  Thanks!

motherduck4k wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 3:12 PM

brass and copper are my favorite to work with as the possibilities to manipulate color and form are endless...

i would love to win this

mnheyjo wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 5:32 PM

i haven't done much with brass yet, but i've been collecting components, and have a couple of ideas. i'd love to have the assortment from Nunn to play with, and finally complete a few designs. the pieces are lovely, and truly inspirational.

Bandee C wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 6:34 PM

my new years resolution was to learn at least 3 new techniques this year this looks like a good one to try as i have never used bress before

Bandee C wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 6:34 PM

my new years resolution was to learn at least 3 new techniques this year this looks like a good one to try as i have never used bress before

Red Belly wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 7:22 PM

 love this article, brass is fantastic, it always gives a rustic and vintage feel plus its warm and complementary  to any skin type!!

Centsations wrote
on 18 Jan 2013 10:36 PM

Love these components. Brass is as versatile and beautiful as copper. I create in copper and love how the two metals look together in a project.

ineke mathot wrote
on 19 Jan 2013 4:53 AM

I really love making jewelry. I am a lampworker and like to combine glass with metals to make unique jewelry.

on 19 Jan 2013 9:52 AM

I have just began to get into metal stamping! I am working A LOT with copper and brass due to a tight budget, but they are also a beautiful combo!!! Definitely going to be trying out those homemade patinas this weekend!

lake158 wrote
on 19 Jan 2013 1:42 PM

I am new to jewelry making and would like to add working with brass and try out more metalwork.

TheresaA@6 wrote
on 19 Jan 2013 9:28 PM

There are just so many beautiful components in brass now, it is a shame to not try to use them in your jewelry designs.

Monnika wrote
on 20 Jan 2013 12:21 AM

I haven't used brass before.  I look forward to adding it to my inventory.

on 20 Jan 2013 7:35 AM

We are just getting started in jewelry making and love the versatility of brass.

on 20 Jan 2013 7:58 AM

I have used some brass in the past but seem to reach for copper more.  This article has helped steer me more towards reaching for brass.  Going to give a go with powder coating vs. enameling and see what happens!

hbcombs wrote
on 20 Jan 2013 11:56 AM

I have been looking for new brass components lately and would love to win Nunn Design's brass!!

Lisa Ward2 wrote
on 20 Jan 2013 2:01 PM

Although I primarily work with seed beads I love metal beads and charms and am slowly introducing myself to metal and wire work. "Slowly" includes affordability  so I'm always looking for options. I thoroughly enjoy learning through your experimentation, Tammy.  Thank you!

Ccentsmgt wrote
on 20 Jan 2013 5:09 PM

Love silver too.  but willing to try brass.

Anne Marie@5 wrote
on 21 Jan 2013 6:29 PM

I love using brass in my components.  It's so easy to work with. I know I'm late but please add me to the giveaway.

Love and kisses,

Anne

TammyJones wrote
on 27 Jan 2013 12:43 PM

Congratulations, abbydale! Random.org picked your number, so you win this collection of jewelry-making components from Nunn Design. Look for an email from me.

Thank you all for participating and for being part of Jewelry Making Daily!

Tammy

kbj1950 wrote
on 2 Feb 2013 7:19 PM

I work primarily in copper and brass, and have recently added some aluminum, acrylic, foils and wire for weaving. It's fun to explore with alternative materials/metals - makes one think out of the box!

Kathy Deck wrote
on 22 Aug 2013 11:26 AM

When you mention transparent enamels, are you talking about thinning a standard bottled enamel red paint? Or is there something sold specifically for this?

Thank you!

TammyJones wrote
on 22 Aug 2013 12:25 PM

Hi Kathy Deck, thanks for writing.

I'm actually talking about torch-fired enameling, using transparent enamel powders--but you probably could achieve a similar effect with thinned-down paints.

Thanks for being part of JMD!

Tammy