What is the best gauge wire to use with the wire jig? The best gauge to make jump rings?
Wire jigs can accommodate a range of wire gauges from the very fine 32-gauge up to the heavier 16- to 14-gauges. 22- to16-gauge wires are strong enough to be jigged as earring components, bracelet links and necklace chains.
Jumprings can also be made using a range of wires; for strength and durability it is better to work between 22- to 16-gauges in a half-hard strength. The rule of thumb is to use the heaviest wire that suits your design as well as your components. A very delicate chain would look better finished with a 22-gauge jumpring versus a 16-gauge jumpring and a large pendant would look better, as well as will hold up better, by being connected to a chain or finding using an 18- to 16-gauge jumpring versus a 22-gauge jumpring.
Types of round wire to use when using the jig or creating jumprings include sterling silver, gold-filled and colored copper.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador