Wire: the color is a surface layer and therefore it is affected by how the wire is bent after it is anodized.
- Titanium is strong, corrosion resistant and hypo-allergenic.
- The colors are beautiful and show the subtle reflective nature that is specific to titanium. They are less brilliant than niobium and MUCH harder to bend. Click images for a larger and better representation.
- Most of our titanium is Grade 5 alloy TI-AL6-V4. There is only 1 exception in 16g and they are not anodized. This alloy has a hard temper - comparable to spring stainless in strength, it is smooth and the colors are consistent and bright for titanium.
- Anodizing titanium creates an oxide layer. The thickness of this layer creates the colors.
- The color will vary from batch to batch. Don't expect to be able to continue a project when ordering anodized titanium in different batches. The color will also vary and blend shades on individual wires and in batches of rings. For example teal can have blue with hints of green. You can always expect hints of the adjacent colors in titanium spectrum in the batches.
- This is an example of possible color variation on a ring. This variation occurs in varying amounts from ring to ring and batch to batch. This color variation in titanium should be considered a feature. It makes this material more beautiful.
- The anodized layer has appropriate properties for jewelry, but it is not indestructible. It can wear off with rubbing against a harder material - care must be taken with pliers as well.
- The color can be affected by oils from your skin - the color is restored be washing with soap and to remove the oils.
Bending the wire into rings after it is anodized will cause changes in the anodized layer. It can thin, fade and change color. If you intend to use the wire for rings we recommend you either buy anodized rings or buy plain titanium wire and anodize the rings after you make them. The same is true for any project bending the wire.
The color can be affected by oils from your skin - the color is restored be washing with soap and to remove the oils.
Please read this before you decide to cut your own titanium rings
Cutting titanium is very difficult - it requires special tools and setups. I highly recommend you read the following 2 FAQ posts before deciding to cut your own titanium Rings
How to use a Jumpringer type tool (aka Pepe, Koil Kutter, etc) - Bottom line is a flexshaft system WILL NOT work on titanium. - The result is a bunch of broken blades and thats about it.
Making vs Buying rings - Bottom line is we have a business making rings in large amounts at great prices. The vast majority of the time it doesn't pay to make your own rings - and you will get better cuts buying pre-made.
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