This intricate sterling silver 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 features a hard (as rolled) temper and is delicate and should be handled with care. Hard wire is significantly work-hardened and, though it does not bend readily, it stubbornly holds its shape after forming. 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.
The 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.
• 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.
• IMPORTANT: Sterling silver is an alloy containing metals that react with chemicals found in air and produce tarnish; high moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water increase this reaction. Take steps to protect your sterling silver by keeping it in airtight packages, use tarnish-resistant products (such as tarnish tabs or strips) that absorb harmful chemicals, and store metals in a cool, dry place. Most tarnish is easily removed by polishing with a mild abrasive or soaking in an anti-tarnish solution.