Half hard or dead soft for wire wrapping?
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I use both and some fine silver. Depends on what I'm making. For intricate shapes you want to make a lot of bends in 18G soft for the base works well. Form your shape and lightly hammer, then tumble to work harden before wrapping. Then use 26 or 28 guage to wrap. I started with 26 guage, then when I got comfortable with it switched to 28.
Posted at 7:32 am Oct 3, 2008 EDT
We think that dead soft is the best to use. It's the only kind we sell in the store. You can always harden soft wire by tumbling or with "WIRE WACKERS" (tradename) or with a hammer. But it is a pain to soften wire that is already hard,you have to annel it than pickle it and then polish it.
Unless you are using Argentium sterling silver.
Any way go soft than harden. You'll find that most of the time you don't need the wire to be that hard in the 1st place.
Posted at 8:12 am Oct 3, 2008 EDT