Topics: Natural Stone Stringing Material
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.
Given the size beads you are referencing, and the type of material you prefer to work in, I'd recommend 0.014, 49 strand Accu-Flex® Beading Wire; pairing it with 1mm or 2mm crimp tubes/beads.
If you increase the overall size of the beads, you'll need to consider using 0.019, 49 strand Accu-Flex as it is stronger and better at holding the weight of larger beads.