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Part 2: What Type of Wire Should I Use?
Trying to figure out what types of wire to use can be a most difficult process when beginning to make jewelry. One of our previous articles addressed how to choose a wire temper. This article will discuss how to choose the wire gauge for an upcoming jewelry project. Remember, the larger the number of the gauge, the thinner the wire.
The wires’ diameter measures from 0.013-.006 inches or 0.32-.16 millimeters. This is EXTREMELY fine wire. Wires with these gauges tend to kink and bend a lot —nylon jaw pliers will need to be used. Is great for wire wrapping using small beads, wire weaving, and wire crocheting.
The diameter of this wire measures at .016 inches or .41 millimeters. Again, this is very thin wire and nylon jaw pliers and fine-tipped tools should be used. Is good for wire wrapping beads and seed bead jewelry.
The diameter measures 0.020 inches or 0.51 millimeters. This is still considered fine wire and the nylon jaw pliers are recommended when it gets kinks. Great when using pearls and small crystals.
The diameter measures 0.025″ inches or 0.64 millimeters. This gauge is ideal to use when 20-gauge is just a bit too thick. This is a wonderful multipurpose wire and is excellent for wire wrapping beads and semi-precious stones.
20 gauge wire measures 0.032″ or .81 millimeters in diameter. This is considered a medium wire in jewelry making and, just as the 22 gauge, it is a fantastic multipurpose wire. Works well for making ear wires, clasps, and headpins as well as wrapping glass and coiled beads. It is also recommended when making bracelets.
Measures 0.040 inches or 1.02 millimeters in diameter. Is considered medium thick wire in jewelry making. Works well for making clasps, wire wrapping beads with large holes, bracelet making, and earrings.
Measures 0.051 inches or 1.29 millimeters in diameter. This is a thick wire. It is recommended that heavy duty tools are used when manipulating this wire. It is not recommended for the beginner. Can be used for neckwires, rings, and bracelet bases.