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« on: May 02, 2005 05:44:56 PM »

I've been making some necklaces lately making my own eye-hooks out of 20 gauge floral wire.  It was super cheap and great for me to learn on, but I don't have much experience with this and I'm not sure how it will hold up in the long run.  I want to get better wire, but I am not sure what to get.  I like the 20 guage size for now because it's pretty sturdy (I'll get smaller when I want to go more delicate).  I looked into getting sterling silver wire from Fire Mountain, but I am not sure what "full hard", "half hard" or "dead soft" means.  (I tried to use my imagination, but I ended up nowhere near jewelry making).  Can anyone help me out?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2005 09:09:38 PM »

Half-hard is what you need for making findings like eyepins, earwires, ect. Half-hard is pliable, but will hold a shape. Soft is very pliable and will NOT hold a shape well, but is great if you want to do a decorative wrap on something else. Hard is good for very heavy duty items, but is almost impossible to shape with your normal jewelry pliers.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2005 06:31:15 AM »

That is exactly the info I was looking for.  Thanks for the help!
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