What gauge wire do people use for ear wires? I've used 20 gauge,
but it seems so flimsy.
for me, those wire guage numbers seem spaced way too far apart. What
do you do when you want “in between”. And digital or dial calipers,
or micrometers, don’t measure in guages… So at this point in my
career (several decades since I last paid attention to those guages,
I prefer metric measurements.
In that measurement, I’d say that the wire size depends on the
metal. Softer metals might need heavier wire to avoid bending. And
the size also depends on the earring itself, with thinner wires being
not as good with heavier earrings. And it depends on the type of
wire. Straight posts might need to be slightly stiffer and thicker
than a kidney wire or french hook style which doesn’t need to be
nicely gripped by a friction back.
So with all that said, I generally use about.75 mm wire as a sort of
standard size. I seldom go thinner than that, but depending on the
situation, might go to .85 mm or more if it seems appropriate (and,
in the case of friction posts, if I’ve got or can modify a pair of
backs for thicker than standard posts)