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Daily Wire Tip Oct. 8: Different Metals, Different Results
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 8, 2010
I have been using square copper and brass wires to try out a design before using the good stuff. It may be my imagination, but even though the copper and brass are said to be half hard, it seems more difficult to bend and wrap than silver or gold. Am I nuts?
-Junius in Houston, Texas
No, Junius, your mind is very clear.
With regards to square half hard wire, in my opinion and experience, gold-filled is the easiest to work with, sterling silver has hard edges, Argentium has more "spring," copper is still kind of soft, and brass can be brutal on your fingers due to its harder temper.
Even though you order and receive the same gauge and temper in each of these materials, they all have different properties.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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