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Take a magnet with you when you pick out your piano wire. Stainless is what you want... it will not be attracted to the magnet.
I also recall the pawl spring making process a little better than on my first post. Make the loop first by wrapping around a small nail or drill bit. The trick is to get the loop the right size and to have the "tails" of wire from the loop at the proper angle. You can determine this by doing a couple and see what size the loop is when it springs back. i.e., too big, use a smaller diameter drill bit or wrap it tighter. The angle of the tails will be determined by how far you bend the wire around the drill bit. They will spring back also, so it will take a couple of tries to get the right angle.