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The Queen of Sheeeba
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May 2013
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What I did instead of going to work.

I finally gave in and bought some sterling silver wire. Here is why it took me so long: 5 feet of 20 gauge sterling silver wire-- $20. 15 yards of 20 gauge colored copper wire-- 5 bucks. This is why all the books tell you to practice on the "craft" wire until you get it right.

I also got it dead soft, which is very soft. I hammered the fuck out of the posts but they are still prone to bending. Half hard next time.

Silver and not gold


hardening the wire is pretty easy. hammering with a rubber mallet (they sell very small ones in the beading section of most craft stores) If you haven't used the wire yet, grab both ends with pliers and wrap the wire around (leave yourself a couple of extra inches) and pull until the wire breaks=presto! half hard wire! If you need it hard, do it again.
Silver is so awesome.