Topics: Wire, Gauge and Size for Necklace; Headpin, Gauge and Size for Earrings

Q.
What is the best size wire to use for making a necklace using beads and a simple loop wire method? What size headpin is best for earrings?
- Ami
A.
When stringing beads onto wire, eyepins or headpins, it is always a good idea to choose the heaviest gauge wire that fits through the hole of your beads. The heavier the wire gauge, the stronger the connections will be between links and findings.

To select the best size wire, determine the size of the beads' hole (often measured in millimeters) and then convert the wire gauge to millimeters to match, allowing for some wiggle room so the wire will slide through the beads easily yet not so much room the beads wobble.

If you're working with multiple size bead holes, choose the wire that fits the smallest size then slide a bugle bead, crimp bead or seed bead onto the wire, to fit inside the bead with larger holes. This will stabilize them.

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