Sterling silver sheets can be easily used for making jewelry. It's easy to manipulate and cut them to make designs or even etch them with acid to get beautiful patterns. You don't need too many tools for this.
Silver is sold come either as fine or as sterling formats and can either be sheets or wires. The fine ones have a 0. 999 purity rating. Sterling and fine silver sheets are sold by weight and the price depends on prevailing silver prices in the market.
When you buy sterling silver sheet you will need to look at 2 aspects - the gauge of the silver (ie. the thickness) and the surface are (width multiplied by length). These will determine how you can work on the sterling silver sheets for your jewelry.
You'll need to become familiar with the guages available. It often seems to be the opposite of what you'd expect. For example a 12 ga sheet is much thicker than a 20 ga sheet. You'll need to know the difference between sterling and fine silver. Get some library books. Enjoy!
Using sterling silver sheets is an exciting way to make silver jewelry as you can use a jewelry saw to cut out designs, acid etching to create patterns, and a mandrill to shape the sheet into a number of forms.