by Carol Braden-Williams.
(Independence, MO USA)
I’ve been a silversmith and wire jewelry artist for 25 years.
Recently I was asked to make an aluminum piece and thought, no problem, aluminum is soft, I can do that.
But after I received the 1/4 hard 14 gauge aluminum wire, I had problems working with it.
I tried to bend it with my hands, but it seemed to have weak points about 1″ apart where it would bend sharply rather than gracefully.
Did I get a bad coil of wire or is this a characteristic of aluminum?