A Look Back: Finding Gold

For those of you who've been following Balance Bead since the beginning (thank you!!!), you know that the product has changed a great deal since the first batch. We spend so much time listening, evaluating, adjusting, etc. We thought it might be fun to take a look back at the changes we've made, why we made them, and how we made them. Let's start by taking a look at how we found our "golden" color.

The goal was always to create a Balance Bead that looked like gold but wasn't actually gold. As you can imagine, gold is just too costly a material for our purposes. We started with pure brass. Now here's the bad news about brass: it tarnishes very easily. It starts off looking almost golden and then significantly deepens in color over a relatively short period of time. Take a look at the image on the left. That's the color of brass cast several months ago, and it was never even in contact with skin. The color change is due to oxidation only. 

We searched high and low for a better material. Eventually, we found it: Sunshine Brass. Sunshine Brass is a nickname for a specific combination of bronze and brass. But we didn't stop there. We took our new material and focused on finishing. The more care we took in finishing, the brighter the golden color and resistance to oxidation. Just take a look at the piece on the right and you'll see what I mean. 

Wondering why we never went with gold plating? I promise to cover that in a future post!