Topics: Wire-Wrapping Wire

Q.
Can you tell me how I purchase wire for wrapping or making rings, etc? There are so many sizes and shapes available.

- Mary Lou
A.
Here is information on wire that will help get you started:

Precious metal wire is used for wire-wrapping, chain-making and other jewelry construction.

Precious metal wire is available in:
  • Two Metals:
    • Gold-Filled
    • Sterling Silver
  • Four shapes:
    • Round
    • Half-Round
    • Square
    • Twisted
Three types of hardness:
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.

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.
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.

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