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« on: May 24, 2007 05:00:55 PM »

I really want to make my own french hooks, and from info I've been looking at it looks like 20 gauge wire is an appropriate thickness - wondering who all here has done this sort of thing; what you like/don't like about it, etc.
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2007 12:51:29 PM »

I use 0.6mm wire, which I think is about 22ga. I'd have thought 20ga might be a bit thick, but looking at the posts on the earrings I have in right now I could be wrong Grin

I generally prefer to wear posts for security, but some designs just look better with hooks, so I own both and use both in my work. I actually haven't bought any French wires since I started making my own - they are a great way of using up the scrap ends of wire if you cut too much, for example.

I'd say the most important thing to remember is to make sure you file down the cut end of the wire that goes through the ear. Sharp edges are not good! If you have pierced ears yourself, make yourself a couple of pairs of earrings and test them to see what works best Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2007 01:14:25 PM »

I was definately planning on being my own guinea pig for a few pair before springing them on anyone else. Do you use some kind of jig, or just free form it, talyra?
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2007 08:24:13 AM »

I freeform with the roundnose pliers, but I use earwires I already own as a sort of visual reference for the shape - though I tend to make my earwires a bit smaller than bought ones. Bought ones are enormous for some reason.
Oh, sometimes I use a round pencil to help shape them neatly. That's about it really Smiley
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