What Color is That?

Posted by Suzanne Gutierrez on

It's been another busy week here at Siouxsiequeue's, and between new photos, website updates, and the production list, I wasn't sure there would be a blog post this week. What changed my mind about the blog, a simple customer question..."What color is that?"

I love color, you might not know that because all of my clothes are black, but I do. I love color. Working with rings in so many colors is one thing I love most about making pieces for Siouxsiequeue's, getting to play with color. That's why I want to talk about the colors we use.

All of the brightly colored rings we use are Anodized Aluminum. What's anodizing? Anodizing is an electrochemical process our suppliers use to apply custom mixed dyes to the usually silver-toned aluminum rings. I won't go into the details here, but it's an exciting process, and the result is a rainbow assortment of colored rings destined to become jewelry, clothing, or even hakey sacks. Because they are using custom mixed dyes, the rings' colors vary from batch to batch, like fabric or yarn. It can be tricky to see the differences in each dye lot until placed next to pieces from the previous set; that's why we order in bulk!

Siouxsiequeue's offers three color options; color with silver, color with black, and custom colors. These options allow us to have ready-to-ship/display stock and offer you an endless opportunity for color combinations. Our standard color options are pictured below.

A clear sorting box displays rainbow colored jump rings.

For the most part, we use the same color names as our manufacturer, but there are a few little changes here and there. A quick note about why there aren't white rings; due to quirks in chemistry and physics, it's not possible to dye rings white. The extra short version is that white dye molecules are too large to fit with the metal molecules and won't bond. It is possible to get enameled rings in white, but it's not my favorite medium. I prefer working with Sterling Silver, but that's a different post.

I hope this post has sparked some ideas for you; please comment with your favorite colors or color combinations!

See you next time!

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