Daily Wire Tip August 16: Wire Temper for Ear Pins

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
August 16, 2011

Question:

What gauge and temper of wire should be used to make ear pins, sweeps, or vines?

-Linda in Westbrook, Connecticut

Answer:

To make ear pins that will hold up to the constant abuse they will take while putting them on and off, I use 21 or 22 gauge round wire in either a full hard, or spring hard, temper.

Sometimes wire is sold by a number, rather than the familiar terms for temper or hardness such as “dead soft,” “half hard,” and “full hard.” Here is a link to a chart explaining what each number corresponds to: Wire Temper by Number.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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One Comment

  1. avatar

    Barbara Wolf

    August 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you Dale, I often wondered what the # on some Wires were. Very helpful.

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