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Daily Tip June 30: Adjusting for Wire Gauges
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
June 30, 2010
Hello, Dale! I love the site, and I find the information so useful!
The biggest issue I have is trying to determine how to adjust for different gauges of wire when I make something. I have found tips and instructions that specify the required gauge, and sometimes there is a caveat that states, “Adjust lengths accordingly if using a different gauge.” So, how do I adjust the lengths? Thanks!
-Karmadhyana in Salem, Oregon
Thanks Karmadhyana, we try to do our absolute best!
Regarding your issue, there are a couple ways to think about this. Of course, if you are wrapping a bundle of wires that are a larger gauge than the pattern specifies, you will need more wire to go around the bundle.
However, I think most often this question concerns adding beads to a bracelet or other design. For example, when adding larger beads to a platform bangle, the bead wire would need to be longer due to the additional needed height of the platform so this wire ends up being long enough for proper folding and finishing the bracelet ends (generally an additional 1/2-inch will do). When using larger beads to make a woven or braided beaded item (collar, bracelet, earrings) because the braiding wire goes around each and every bead, this wire length needs to be increased to compensate for the larger bead size.
I know not having a lot of scrap wire is important to all of us; however, the only way to figure this particular change would be to guesstimate the additional length (I add 3/8-inch per 10mm bead to the original formula) and to keep track of your results. While making these experimental braided items, you will build a nice stock of size varieties for your next show.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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