Wire: Dead Soft vs Half Hard?

I am a novice jewelry maker and am totally overwhelmed by the variety in wire selection. I am wanting to stock up on the most versatile and necessary types of wire.

And while I find the wire gauge cheat sheet helpful,(thanks Christine!) I need more guidance around dead soft vs. half hard. I haven't worked with half hard wire yet, and am hoping for some tips.

Specifically, which wire is used to make ear wires and findings?

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Wire Hardness
by: Christine

I just uploaded a brand-spanking new version of this earring-wire tutorial with recommendations on wire hardness as well some links to supplies and tools.

Here's the link again if you need it: Earring-Wire Tutorial


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