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Daily Wire Tip Aug. 28: Gauge and Temper for Ear Wires
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
August 28, 2010
What gauge of 14kt gold filled and Sterling Silver wire will I need to make ear wires for earrings and what hardness? Thanks.
-Gary in Moss Point, Mississippi
The gauge of wire you decide to use for making ear wires really depends on the people you are making them for. I have had gifts of ear wires made with an 18-gauge round, that were way too large for the holes in my lobes!
All of the ear wires I make to sell, as well as the designs I teach, are from 21-gauge round wire, either half hard, full hard or spring hard.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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