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Q.
Which precious metal wire forms the best, and does it hold its shape?
- Pierre, MN
A.
Full-hard wire is the least malleable, although it can still be formed with jewelry-making pliers. Once it has been formed to its final shape it holds very well. Half-hard is easier to work with when forming and can be tapped lightly with a nylon or rawhide mallet to harden; once hardened half-hard wire also holds the formed shape well.

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