Hi! I’m Debbie and I’m new! As I stated in my intro I am very much a
beginner when it comes to making jewelry so my questions will
probably be very basic to the rest of you on this forum.
I want to make a very simple sterling silver bracelet using just
plain round SS wire. I want to put ball ends on the ends with at
least one of them that will screw off and on. I want to put beads
and SS charms on the wire. The one example that I have seen sold
already made used wire that was 2.1mm in diameter. The only thing I
know about SS round wire is that it comes in different gauges and
also is classified as dead-soft, half-hard… I know this refers to
the hardness/flexibility of the wire, but I don’t know the
specifics. For my bracelet I am thinking that the wire will have to
be fairly hard and keep it’s shape (not like memory wire though). I
figured the gauge should be 12,14,16, or 18g. The only SS round wire
that I have seen in those gauges is labeled dead soft. Can anyone
help me with the following questions?
What exactly do the terms dead-soft, half-hard, and if there are
other classifications mean?
Am I right about the gauges I should use? What is the gauge that
will fit the hole of most beads?
Does anyone know if I can get these gauges in a hardness that I
need or will I have to harden them myself.
If I have to harden them myself, can that be done if I don’t have
Does anyone know where I can find screw on ball-ends?
I am so sorry to ask so many questions, you can see how naive I am
about all this, I would really appreciate any advice and info.