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10 gage half round, dead soft wire- apx. 2"
20 or 22 gage round, half hard wire- apx. 3"
1. For these earrings I started with 10 ga. dead soft, half round wire - Apx 2"
I usually use my flush cutting pliers to snip the length I need. These cutters leave a sort of flattened angle on the ends. This will be fine for these.
Mark your wire to divide it into two equal pieces.
2. Then use a jewelers saw and holding the wire over a bench pin, cut the wire in half (more accurate than pliers).
3. Use a good quality file and smooth any sharp edges.