Wire: Hardness, Softness and Types of Metal

October 5, 2017

I’m sorting (mostly tossing) a bin of papers that “I might need some day” and ran across these notes written at least 10 years ago by Rings & Things founder, Russ Nobbs. It’s a nice summary of wire-related jewelry terms that can be confusing. So I’m archiving it here on the interwebs before recycling the piece of paper.

Hardness is the “temper” of the wire, or how springy it is:

  • Dead Soft is as soft and bendable as the wire can get.
  • Full Hard is as stiff and springy as the wire can get.
  • Half Hard is … halfway in between.

Sterling wire is inherently softer than Gold Filled (GF) wire.

Steel wire ( such as 316L and memory wire) is inherently harder than most other jewelry wire.

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How to Make Leverback Earrings featuring Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Stones

June 10, 2016

These eye-catching earrings have a lot going on visually, but really it takes just three jewelry parts and a little glue to make them.  And if you have never explored the use of glue in jewelry making, now is your chance.  Follow these steps to make a pair of sparkly earrings featuring Swarovski Crystal rivoli stones and glue-on leverback earring findings.

 

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