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Is regular 22 gauge steel wire okay to make earring findings out of? Answered

I am currently using blackspur 22 gauge steel wire to make earring findings but I am worried it could be harmful. Please help? Is this okay to use? No one has yet wore these

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RavensCraftBest Answer (author)2012-07-12

It will probably rust when it comes in contact with body moisture and salt .
You might want to try .025 stainless steel MIG welding wire.
It's about the same size as 22 gauge wire.
A 2 pound spool of stainless MIG wire is about $20 on EBAY.
Use only the solid wire and not "Flux Core" type.

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Kiteman (author)2012-07-13

To summarise all the other answers: No.

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rickharris (author)2012-07-13

No you should be using at a minimum stainless steel.

Body fluids, sweat etc will make the steel rust and any coating you put on it will eventually war off.
this is why your shouldn't make findings from plated materials (although they are sold at the cheaper end.)

On the positive side you are getting a lot of good practice which you can transfer to more suitable materials.

For the main part of the jeweller you should look to non ferrous metals, copper, aluminium, silver, gold.

In all of Europe and many other western places you not allowed to sell jewellery made from nickel plated materials.

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steveastrouk (author)2012-07-13

If its straight spring steel it will rust - its made of iron and carbon, with no nickel. Steel for findings is usually EN316 or an exotic like EN316LVM

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canucksgirl (author)2012-07-12

I've used different wire (other than the jewelry wire) without problems. There may however be some nickel in that wire you have, so anyone sensitive to nickel may find that they can't wear your jewelry, but everyone else should be fine.

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