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Daily Wire Tip Aug. 21: Wrap Wire for 20-gauge Bundles
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
August 21, 2010
I’m presently using 20-gauge half hard wire. What type of wire should I use to wrap these wires?
-Bernard in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
As I am not sure what type of project you are making or the shape of the wire you mention, I’ll share a couple of suggestions.
If the 20-gauge half hard wire is square and you are making a bracelet, I would use the same gauge and temper for the wraps.
However, if you are framing a cabochon, then 20-gauge half round half hard works well for the side or frame wraps, then use 20-gauge square half hard wire for the bail wrap. The reason behind this is, if you do not want a lot of wire between the cab and where the bail opening actually begins, square wire is more powerful than half round, so you only need 4 or 5 full wraps to secure the bail.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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