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Posted on Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:14 pm
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It's been a while since I've posted, but I have been lurking and checking out the gallery. I've been making quite a few 20 gauge Full Persian bracelets, but have had to make repairs because the end rings aren't strong enough to hold it all together. I'm using Argentium Silver dead soft and I do the hardening process. I also tried soldering the last 2 rings, but I ended up ruining my nice box clasp. Do you think I should start using Argentium 20 gauge half hard or hard?

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Laura

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Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:29 am
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My short answer would be yes, half-hard is usually recommended for maille.

Is it just the rings attaching to the clasp where you have the problem? If so, you could get stronger and/or thicker wire just for that point. If the rest of the bracelet isn't falling apart then you shouldn't have to change it all out unless you really wanted to.

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Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:41 am
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You can harden Argentium to half-hard in your kitchen, easily. So, buying it half hard already doesn't really get you much (besides work hardening).

I'd suggest buying it at maximum hardness. Why not? You can compensate for springback yourself, and you'll get stronger maille. What's the downside?

http://www.theringlord.org/forum/showthread.php?t=40863 <-- This may also be of interest to you. Last post especially.

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Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:26 am
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Agreed with above. I always use full hard wire for maille.
You could always use a larger gauge for the last couple rings on the ends.


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Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:38 pm
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guys! I think I'll have a go at full hard and see what happens and experiment with half hard I have on hand for ear wires.

Laura

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Posted on Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:00 am
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Hi Laura, good to see you again!

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Posted on Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:12 pm
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Hi Cindy,

It's good to see you too! I hope all is well!

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