By on July 28, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,

Tool of the Week for July 28, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is the Wire Gauge for All Sizes of Wire

If you’re like most jewelry crafters, you find great beauty in the small, precise details. These gauges, sizers, rulers and calipers help ensure that you get all the details perfectly right. These gauges are an essential part of your toolkit whether you are a jewelry-making beginner or a master crafter.

If you are familiar with how wire gauge works, then this hopefully will be a great refresher. If you’re not, then take a few moments as we examine wire gauge and measurement,  and also at few accessories that go hand in hand with it.

What is “Wire Gauge”?

Wire gauge is a measurement of how large a wire is, either in diameter or cross sectional area. Gauge weight per unit of length. Wire gauge is applicable to both electrical and non-electrical wire.

Wire Gauge for All Sizes of Wire

Wire gauge has machined slits for wire to fit into so you can determine the exact size of the wire be it round, square whatever.

It is almost impossible to tell the exact gauge of wire without a gauge.

This gauge measures in millimeters on one side, and SWG (Standard Wire Gauge) on the other. .

Plastic Stone Gauge for Faceted Stones

This rectangular plastic gauge can be used to size faceted stones, diamonds and give you the exact carat weight.


Metal Ring Sizer – Finger Sizer

Use this Metal ring sizer to determine the size of your customers fingers.

Sizes 1 to 15 with half sizes included (size 1, 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2, etc). An indispensable tool for the jeweler.

For more great information about how to use a Wire Gauge – check out this blog post.

Pick up a gauge today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

To help you get started using Wire Gauges – you might want to take a look at our Wire Jewelry Books. We have quite a few that will help guide you through getting started with wire-wrapping. Click Here to take a look!

Happy Wrapping!


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