Precious metal wire is used for wire-wrapping, chain-making and other jewelry construction.
Precious metal wire is available in:
Dead-soft is extremely malleable and can be bent easily into a myriad of shapes. It does NOT hold its shape under stressful conditions, such as clasps.Wire size is determined by gauge or thickness of the wire. Wire gauge ranges from a very fine 26-gauge to a very heavy 14-gauge. It is best to choose the diameter that suits the size of your piece.
Half-hard is malleable; however, it will maintain an intricate shape under moderate stress. It is useful for weight-bearing parts of wire-wrapped jewelry.
Full-hard holds its shape for wire-wrapping jewelry. Its tempered nature holds intricate designs well and is excellent for clasps.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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