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.