I want to make my own ear wires. My "affordable" jewelry is made with sterling silver plated wire that has a clear tarnish resistant coating. Is this kind of wire "safe" to use as ear wires?
Yes, the wire you are using is safe for most people. There are many people with sensitivities who may find this metal creates an allergic reaction; niobium and precious metals are usually more suitable for people with sensitivities. If possible, keep earwires on hand in the other metals so you can make a quick switch at sale time.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator