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Jewelry  Making Terms -- H

half-hard High quality wire can be made in a variety of hardnesses from dead soft to full hardened.  In the middle of this range is a wire hardness called half hard.  This wire is stiffer than dead soft wire and not as stiff and springy has fully hardened wire.  In general only gold, gold-filled, sterling silver and fine silver wire can be purchased with a hardness of 1/2 hard.  Half-hard Jewelry Making Wire
hammer See chasing hammer or nylon hammer. Chasing Hammer Jewelry Making Tool
hank A hank is defined as 12 strands of beads with each strand being about 20 inches long.  Frequently seed beads are sold by the hank.  
hard High quality wire can be made in a variety of hardnesses.  Hard wire is the stiffest, least easy to bend and most springy of all the wire harnesses.  This type of wire is not used a great deal because it is difficult to bend. Half-hard Jewelry Making Wire
harden Hardening is the process of making a jewelry component more stiff and permanent.  This can be accomplished in a variety of ways including hammering and work hardening.  
hardness Hardness in wire is the property of how easy or how hard to bend the wire is.  Soft wire is very easy to bend.  Hard wire is stiff and springy.   
head pin A head pin is a finding with a flat head on one end and straight wire on the other end.  Head pins are used to make bead dangles, used to attach beads to loops in jewelry.  View our selection of head pins here. Head Pin Jewelry Making Finding
hemostat A hemostat is a medical tool that has an application in making jewelry.  It is a type of clamp that is easy to close with one hand and remains closed.  Hemostats are frequently used to hold the end of thread or bead stringing wire while you are adding beads to a necklace or bracelet.  View our selection of hemostats here. Hemostat Jewelry Making Tool
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