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Using galvanized metal to make jewelry





May 10, 2010

Q. Hi
I am into stamping metal and making jewelry with it.. If I'm using galvanized metal, could that be harmful to the body?

Shannon Shackleton
hobbyist - La Jolla, California, USA



May 12, 2010

A. In suspecting that galvanized "metal" (only steel can be galvanized), could be "harmful", I guess you are thinking about the zinc that forms the galvanizing alloy coating on the steel's surface?
Here's a reference site about health of zinc.
http://www.zinc-health.org/

geoff_crowley
Geoff Crowley
Crithwood Ltd.
Westfield, Scotland, UK
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May 13, 2010

A. If galvanized = tin plated everything is OK. If you use zinc plated material everything is Ok too (in Europe cast zinc is one of materials for cheap jewelry, tin is expensive). I think that you must clearcoat your jewelry, probably Everbrite coating can be good option. Hope it helps and good luck!

Goran Budija
- Cerovski vrh Croatia


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