Work Hardening Fail -Help!

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LLMom wrote
on 24 Aug 2013 10:26 PM

Clearly I'm new to the wire jewelry game. Everything was going great until I realized my dainty little bangle bracelet could bend completely in half. 

What I used:

18 gauge half hard round German gold filled.

Hammered it on my bench block and wooden bracelet mandrel with both rubber and plastic hammer. 

What am I doing wrong? Too soft of wire? Too dainty of gauge to make a simple bangle that will harden and maintain form?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated 

 

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