I am a newbie to beading. I'm anxious to start a simple necklace or bracelet. Problem for me is that I am not sure what the standard size of wire to use is. There is so much information out there, and it is confusing. I want to use 3 - 5mm size beads or my personal favorite, natural stones. I'm just not sure what type of wire, or size, to use. I want to practice on something that will hold the weight of the stones.