Does All Aluminum Wire Have Weak Points?

by Carol Braden-Williams.
(Independence, MO USA)

Does All Aluminum Wire Have Weak Points?  Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

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?

Carol Braden-Williams
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