I went to buy dead- hard sterling wire (to make long thin
earrings), but the supplier only had full-hard wire. What's the
The difference is that “full hard” actually exists, while “dead
hard” does not. Normally, the word “dead” is used in “dead soft”,
meaning fully annealed, not hard. The word dead is used to describe
metal that bends without spring, so when you bend it, it stays where
you bent it without springing back a little. That would describe
fully annealed silver, not fully hardened silver.
You want full hard for what you’re doing.