Starting Out with Wirework
by Kristal Wick
Starting out in any new jewelry making endeavor can be intimidating. You don't know what the terms are, what tools to use or supplies to purchase. So, we're making it easier for you to take the plunge with a series of basic wire tips to get you going. First rule of any jewelry making type is to have fun! Read on for the first tip
Instructions


Tip #1 What's Up with Wire Gauges?



Wire gauge numbers refer to the thickness of the wire. Basically, the lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Seems like the opposite should be true and this confuses many new wire buyers-don't worry, once you get used to it this will seem like second nature! There are a few different ways wire is labeled. The most common system in the North America is AWG (American Wire Gauge) also known as the Brown & Sharpe Wire Gauge. There is also the SWG (Standard Wire Gauge) also known as British or Imperial Wire Gauge.



This measuring system used since the mid-1800s indicates a wire's current carrying ratings and specifies the diameter, electrical resistance and measurement of electrical wires (without the insulation).



Here's a basic table of wires, sizes and suggested uses.
Kristal Wick's Starting Out with Wirework - , General Education, , wire gauge chart

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.36
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.31
  • Gold Club Price: $1.73
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.31
  • Gold Club Price: $1.73
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Wire Gauge for All Sizes of Wire- Pack of 1
G7-8
  • G7-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.97
  • Gold Club Price: $10.48
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education