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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 14, 2010

Question:

Is fine silver wire a good choice for wirewrapping of any kind? I would think that it might be too soft. Curious to hear your thoughts. Thank you.

-Barbara in Atlanta, Georgia

Answer:

In my opinion Barbara, fine silver (.999) is way too soft for most wire wrap projects, however it could be used to hand sculpt pendant frames, making sure to twist the bail wires for a bit of hardness before making the bail.

And before folks ask–no, putting .999 silver into a tumbler will not help to harden it – nor will annealing it. .999 silver is about as pure as silver can get and as such it is true to its chemical element characteristics, which can be found on one of my favorite resource sites: Wikipedia’s entry on Silver.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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