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« on: August 21, 2014 11:46:22 PM »

I'm trying to make a few rings and the wire I got that was meant to be jewelry wire is way too soft. Is there something any experienced jewelry makers would recommend?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014 10:43:41 AM »

What sort of wire were you working with? I mean, 20 gauge or something for wrapping multiple wire or layers, or 12 gauge to make a "wedding ring" base?

Most non-precious wire is going to be soft - that I know of anyway. Any of the wires, even something as flimsy as (for example) 22 gauge, can be made stronger by hammering it. If you have a steel mandrel you can hammer away after forming the shape of the ring - and the wire will be tougher and stronger. To a certain point, anyway. 

But to just buy strong wire - half hard or hard sterling silver's the toughest I've used, personally. But it's expensive. I'd want to practice using copper or brass....

Here's a link to monsterslayer.com's brass / copper wire page:

I'm not affiliated with them at all, I've just gotten good service and decent prices from them in the past.

Do it yourself and save :-)
http://vintageglassjewels.com/ (my blog)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1 (my Etsy shop)
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2014 02:43:27 PM »

I prefer to use 1/2 round Artistic Wire from BeadSmith for rings, but I'm hardly a professional.  The half-round wire comes in 18 and 21 gauge (for wrapping), and stands up pretty well, especially after hammering gently.  Looks pretty good when it's done, as well, and very easy to shape with my achy hands.

But, then, I only make simple wrapped rings mostly, so I'm not sure how well it would work for more complicated designs...

Good luck!
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