Half-hard wire offers a good combination of malleability and durability making it easy to create a bend in the wire and have confidence the bend will stay as you made it. The gauge is delicate enough to not overpower the stone you are setting yet substantial enough to hold the stone in place.
You may find your design would work better with a heavier wire, such as 18- or 20-gauge wire, or a finer wire of 24 to 26-gauge. You may personally prefer working with a wire that is more malleable, like dead-soft, or more rigid, like full-hard. These are all options worth experimenting with as you develop your style and design repertoire.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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