Learn about the different types of metals to choose from here!
The stainless steel I use for my splints is 316L grade, which is also known as surgical stainless. While most people are familiar with stainless steel in their kitchens, it is also used for things like surgical instruments, syringes, and was popularly used for surgical implants until titanium became a more viable option.
316L stainless steel is an alloy of iron, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, and small amounts of other elements. While this grade of steel does contain some nickel, it is considered hypoallergenic (meaning simply "less likely to cause allergic reaction") and is a popular jewelryoption for those with sensitive skin.
Nickel Free Stainless Steel
For those with extreme skin sensitivity (such as MCAD/MCAS) I also have grade 430 stainless steel available, which is nickel free. All my heavy gauge stainless steel splints are made from this type of steel. This type of steel is also slightly magnetic, so may be beneficial for those who have found relief with magnet therapy.
Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper for durability. It has been a classic choice for jewelry applications for centuries. It has a bright white silver finish and complements any style. Sterling silver is hypoallergenic and reactions to it are extremely rare.
I use sterling sterling silver wire in the production of nearly all my splints, including several fancy floral band styles. I have it available in traditional bright white finish as well as hammered and gunmetal finishes. It is the most popular option next to the stainless steel.
Gold fill wire is a base metal of copper or brass, and with some items sterling silver, that is covered with a thick layer of 14k yellow or rose gold. It is similar to gold plated items, but the coating is much thicker so that it doesn't wear and flake off like gold plated wire tend to do.
The titanium I use is 99.9% pure jewelry grade titanium. Titanium is a non reactive metal, making it ideal for people with severe metal sensitivity or skin allergies who cannot tolerate other metals. Similar to the hypoallergenic effect of niobium, but much stronger and lighter.