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Daily Wire Tip: Wire Gauges for Chunky Rings
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
What gauge of sterling silver is best for wire wrapping rings? I want my rings to be a little chunky.
-Alice in Denton, Texas
Well Alice, the diameter of wire needed for rings, chunky or not, depends on the style of ring you are making. Let’s talk about a couple of design possibilities and how to make them a bit more “chunky.”
If you are making rings similar to the rings below:
I have personally made the Lapis ring (right) using 19-gauge round and a 10mm round bead or a nugget (suitable for larger sizes). I have made the triple bead ring (left) using a single nugget bead and either 19- or 18-gauge round, soft wire. On both, I still use 20-gauge half round half hard to wrap at least the back section of the shank (at least 3/8″) to hold the shank wires together, as well as to make the ring easier to put on and remove.
Both of these styles are quick and easy to make and sell well too!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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