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Daily Wire Tip Jan. 29: Using Round Wire in Traditional Ring Designs?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 29, 2011
Hi Dale, I always see you using half round or square wire in your ring projects. My question is, could you use round wire, and if so, what would the difference be?
-Mishi in Clinton, Connecticut
You are welcome Mishi – thanks for your appreciation! I have built my design and teaching reputation by using square wire (most often half hard) because it works so beautifully!
Square wire will lie side-by-side much more easily than round; therefore, it will wrap better, holding together for generations. I have seen some round wire rings, but it is difficult to wrap more than 2 or 3 strands of round wire together, because round wire rolls.
One student of mine did make a nice ring design using round wire, but she had used a chasing hammer to flatten it first, so that the wraps would hold. I hope this helps!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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