This intricate Argentium® Silver "inverted heart" gallery wire features an open, filigree look and is ideal for creating custom bezels and for adding decorative elements to a wide variety of jewelry designs. The wire is delicate and should be handled with care. Hard Argentium® Silver gallery wire is significantly work-hardened and, though it does not bend readily, it stubbornly holds its shape after forming; it is ideal for clasps and hinges. Keep in mind that hardness is changeable (by annealing or heat-hardening) and is relative among metal types (each temper will feel and handle differently from one metal to another). When finishing your pieces, also keep in mind that the harder the metal is, the brighter a finish it will take.
This wire is packaged in coils and can be cut to any length that satisfies the system minimum. Orders must weigh at least 0.01 ozt.; if you click 'Add to Cart' for a quantity less than this, the cart will offer a prompt to let you know what the minimum for this item is. This gallery wire is manufactured by Rio Grande.
Made with a touch of germanium, Argentium® Silver presents a bright white color that is closer to fine silver than traditional sterling, yet is highly resistant to firescale and less likely to tarnish under most conditions. It welds flawlessly and is ideal for fusing techniques. All Argentium is made from reclaimed silver and its sources are guaranteed by Argentium International Ltd. Your customers will appreciate the value and convenience of brighter-white sterling silver designs that resist tarnishing and keep on shining.
Working with Argentium Silver® is a bit different than working with traditional sterling. If you are new to using Argentium, visit the "Videos, Projects, Classes & More" tab on this page; you'll find lots of help and guidance to help you reap all the benefits this material has to offer!
• We strive to measure quantities ordered as closely as possible; however, due to manufacturing tolerances at the mill, please allow for a ±10% variance when ordering.
• We do not anneal our gallery wire because the variation in hardness of the starting material causes the temper of the finished gallery wire to vary from batch to batch (hardness as-rolled is approx. "Hard"). Unannealed, the wire performs better for shaping stone settings. If you intend to bend or wrap this wire extensively, please anneal it first. Simply flux the wire, heat it to a dull red, then quench it in pickle as soon as it cools below the red color.
• Manufacturing processes may leave sharp or rough edges on the wire that require finishing.