After getting some practice under your belt, you might want to try some precious metal wires. Sterling silver and gold-filled wires usually come in different degrees of hardness. Dead-soft is the most malleable which makes it easier to bend the wire. This same property can pose challenges as the malleability doesn't hold sharp bends very well. Half-hard is less malleable yet is still easy to manipulate. Half-hard wire also holds its shape much better than dead-soft. Hard, or full-hard, wire is the least malleable. It is the best at holding shapes, yet is harder to bend into precise angles and curves.
A thicker diameter wire, such as 18- or 16-gauge will add strength to your piece and will decrease the possibility of it being crushed or deformed. The thicker the wire diameter you choose, the more malleable it should be as you work to increase your experience.
Refer to ''Thread, Cord and Wire Information'' chart for detailed information about various types of wire and its use.
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