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Daily Wire Tip Jan. 2: All About Memory Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 2, 2011
Hi Dale, I have seen rings made of memory wire and I was wondering what type of wire that is? Is it something we can make ourselves?
-Robin in Orlando, Florida
Hi Robin! No, Memory Wire is not something we can easily make ourselves, because it is made of steel. Because steel is extremely hard, when it is formed and shaped into a rigid coil (the size depending on what it is intended to be used for) the shape springs back and is about impossible to reshape!
Often this steel wire is plated in either a silver or gold tone. Memory wire comes in coil sizes meant to be used for a ring, neck collar, and bracelet/anklet.
When using steel wire of any type, be sure to use Memory Wire Cutters and not to use your good wire cutters, because the hardness of the steel will destroy them!
To end or finish a memory wire item, you can either purchase special caps to glue onto the ends, or make a small loop at the end with round or chain nose pliers. Memory wire is a lot of fun to work with as it can be used to make inexpensive jewelry, especially for children.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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