Wire Storage
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
As wire jewelry makers, we're always looking for ways to store our ever increasing supply of wire. Here's a simple way to keep things neat and labeled!
Instructions
You can easily locate just the right gauge wire you need if you store it in an office supply divided plastic envelope. I label the dividers appropriately by gauge (10, 12, 14, etc.) and then "file" my wire in the proper section. If the wire arrives from the vendor in a plastic bag, I often leave it in the bag when I file it; yet, the larger container is airtight enough when I close it, that the plastic bags really aren't needed. Too many plastic bags become cumbersome and I often just eliminate them. This is not a problem as I don't believe I've had any oxidation of my stored wire.
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I store all my square wire in the last section of the container. Initially, I stored it under the gauge with the round wire; however, I often grabbed square wire instead of round when I was in a hurry. It works better for me to store all the square wire together (and avoid getting annoyed by grabbing the wrong wire).

I've found it easy to take my wire to a class or wireworkers meeting since it is neatly arranged and simple to carry. This way I always have the gauge I need.

Give this tip a try. I think you'll like it.
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Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $7.65
  • Gold Club Price: $5.74
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18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $11.13
  • Gold Club Price: $8.35
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.76
  • Gold Club Price: $2.82
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  • Category: Storage
  • Technique(s): Storage