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Daily Wire Tip: Wire Gauges for Various Jewelry Styles
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I am prepared to start wire working after a year or two of reading numerous questions and responses, as well as many success stories. I have hesitated for a few reasons – one being the fear of making a mistake or not starting out on the right foot! What gauge wire do you recommend I start out to begin with? I want to begin my works with brooches, rings, and maybe bracelets.
-Laura in Villers-dt-Orval, Belgium
The first decision you need to make, regarding beginning wire jewelry creation, is what style interests you the most.
Each style requires different wire sizes, tempers and shapes. For example:
- Sculpting is mainly done with square dead soft wire in gauges from 24 to 20.
- Coiling uses a lot of soft and half hard, round wire in gauges from 32 to 16.
- Weaving utilizes a variety of gauges from 24 through 16, shapes, (round, half round and square), and tempers, (half hard and soft).
- Traditional combines all of the above, but the most commonly used are square and half round, (half hard), in gauges 24 through 12!
I suggest beginning with earring and bracelet projects, as most brooches are advanced and except for very simple designs, rings are the most difficult of all.
You might want to give a try to these full length, free video projects.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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