Wire Temper for Ear Pins

by Dale Armstrong

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

-Linda in Westbrook, Connecticut

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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