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Daily Tip July 9: Fine Wire for Stringing
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
July 9, 2010
I am looking for a thin but strong wire for beading necklaces and bracelets. All of the lines I have tried break too easily. What gauge would you recommend that would be strong but thin enough to fit through, say, Swarovski bicone beads on up?
-Janet in Hanover, Pennsylvania
You mention two terms that can be conflicting; “thin wire” and “lines,” along with “beading” necklaces and bracelets. I imagine you are speaking of “stringing”?
If so, you are aware of the fact that I do not string. However, I can give you my tiny, bi-cone use advice with regards to wire.
The smallest Swarovski bi-cone bead I occasionally use is 2.5mm and will fit onto a 24-gauge round wire. I also use 3mm beads, and these will fit on either a 22-gauge round or a 20-gauge half-round wire. As for beading/stringing the projects you mention, Wire-Sculpture does have some stock of beading wire, but I am sure that our beading friends will help by commenting on this post. (Thanks in advance, friends!)
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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