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Q.
What is the best size and type of sterling silver wire to make earring wires?
- Elaine
A.
22-gauge sterling silver half-hard wire would be appropriate for most earwire styles. If you will be hammering your designs, you may want to start with dead-soft wire of a heavier gauge, such as 20-gauge sterling silver dead-soft wire as hammering will harden the wire, making it stiffer as your design develops.

For consistency in your earring wire shape, you may want to consider using a wire jig. If you're not familiar with using a jig, be sure to check out the ''Wire Jig, How-To'' how-to video and illustrated instructions.

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