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Daily Tip June 23: Work Hardening Finished Jewelry
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
June 23, 2010
I made a necklace using both 14kt gold filled wire and .925 Argentium Sterling Silver wire. Both wires were dead soft, and I think the necklace may be easily misshapen with wear. It is too large to fit in my tumbler without bending the design. Is there a way to harden wire without using a tumbler?
-Dolcie in Farmington, New Mexico
As your necklace has already been made (I’m sure with beads, cabs, stones, etc.), it is going to be difficult to harden it. You could use a small chasing hammer to forge the sections that do not contain items–just keep in mind that forging will also reshape and stretch the wire.
My advice is to use this one as a prototype: wear it yourself as you take orders. Then, make another one to sell, forging the wire as you work the design.
P.S. – Wire-Sculpture has just reorganized the entire Findings section–hope that helps you find what you’re looking for!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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