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Old 2014-02-09, 10:08pm
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Default What do you use for copper ear wires?

For some reason, I don't think plain copper would be a good choice for earring wires...too soft and oxidizes too easily. So what do you use and where do you buy?
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Old 2014-02-09, 11:10pm
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I use jewelry grade copper wire from Rio Grande.
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Old 2014-02-10, 12:10pm
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Theres a lot of people who are too sensitive to wear copper - of any quality - in their ears, and I am one of them

Your best bet is to go with surgical steel, sliver, or gold for the actual earwires and use the copper in the body of the earring. Just my opinion obviously
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Old 2014-02-10, 1:03pm
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One way to take care of both the oxidizing on the copper and possible help with copper reactions with the skin would be to use Renaissance Wax on the final steps to finishing the earwires. It is a micro crystaline wax used at museums and in jewelry work. A small amount goes a long way.
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http://www.trinitybrassco.com/about-our-brass.html

The finish keeps your skin from touching the actual copper. I have nothing but positive things to say about these.
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Old 2014-02-10, 2:41pm
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The finish keeps your skin from touching the actual copper. I have nothing but positive things to say about these.
I have some of the above Trinity Brass copper leverbacks in stock that are not listed on my site yet if you are interested. The finish is coated, and nickle and lead free. Send me a PM if you'd like some. Or, I'll have them listed soon in my shop for sale

I also have some of the same styles in silver plate and antique gold as well - in ear wires, leverbacks, etc. I am in the process of listing huge bags of Trinity Brass in my shop, including charms, connectors, chain, jumprings, etc. Try my store if you need something, or give me a shout if you don't see it - I probably have it
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Old 2014-02-10, 6:35pm
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Do a lot of people prefer leverbacks?
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Old 2014-02-11, 4:53am
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Anodized titanium and niobium are other options though a bit more exepencive.
Some colors are close to an oxidized copper and may work for some pieces.
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