Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – September 27th – Should I Use Dead Soft or Half Hard Wire for Wire Jewelry Making?

by Karen on September 27, 2009

When learning how to make wire jewelry or experimenting with a new design, use artistic wire or copper wire which is much less expensive than sterling silver or fine silver. When you are ready to make your special creation, dead soft wire is easier to bend and is best for designs that are more free flowing such as spirals. Half hard wire is best for sharp corner bends. Hard wire is difficult to use for wire wrapping and sculpting and can be softened by heating the wire with a torch. Depending upon your design you may need to work harden the wire by tumbling or lightly hammering the wire in order to add some strength to your piece.

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Wegas October 4, 2009 at 2:11 am

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Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor October 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the info Karen! I have a question. If you were going to make your own jump rings, would you use a half hard wire and then tumble them or would you start with a hard wire to begin with?

Karen October 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Hi Cindy!
Excellent question! I make my jump rings using a Jump Ringer which requires a lot of coiling. I use half hard wire because it is easier to handle. Then I tumble the rings not only to harden them but also to smooth the edges. I string the cut rings on a piece of copper wire to make it easier to remove them from the tumbler. I used to pick the rings out of shot one by one which required a lot of patience :-) I hope this helps!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor October 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

It does help Karen. Thank you so much!

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