I have been making my own ear wires and love the look. I have been
using 20g hh or hard sterling. Which is fine, sometimes, but since I
work with base metals a lot (particularly copper) I sometimes what
to match the metal color. Given that these components are basically
inserted, what metals are suitable for use as ear wires.
My next question is that I have been using 20g half hard, then
hammering to work harden (I don’t have a tumbler). I find this is
okay, but still not as sturdy as what I find available commercially.
I have also tried 22g hard, but even the hard when hammered isn’t
sturdy enough (even though I prefer the size). Further this is
sterling, since copper is all soft, I’m not sure it would even be
possible to get copper to be as sturdy as would be required in an ear
wire. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.