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What kind of wire do you use to make a hoop earring?

For the wire to pass through the ear lobe easily, 22-gauge wire is often best. 20-gauge wire will create a stronger hoop and should also work when...

Can copper colored aluminum wire be patinated?

Neither aluminum wire nor colored copper wire can be patinated. Metals must be bare for any patina or surface chemicals to be effective.Sterling...

Is nickel used in the making of copper wire for jewelry?

Copper can be alloyed with many different metals. Brass is copper and zinc alloy, bronze is copper and tin alloy and nickel silver is actually a...

What gauge wire is larger, the bigger or smaller the number?- Cathy

In reference to wire-gauge size numbers, the larger the number the smaller the diameter of the wire. 18-gauge wire is twice as thick as...

I want to make my own ear wires. What type of wire should I use?

Round half-hard wire in 20 or 21 gauge is ideal for ear wires. Smaller gauges are too thin and larger gauges too heavy for standard ear piercings....

Can you use copper wire from electrical wiring to make rings and other jewelry?

Yes, stripping electrical wiring for the copper wire is a great way to recycle and can be used as a selling point of your jewelry. See the links...

What size wire should I use for wrapping beads to hoops?

Use a 24- or 26-gauge wire in dead-soft precious metal or a copper-core wire, like Parawire™ or Zebra Wire™, for wrapping beads onto hoops. The...

How do you make jump rings with precious metal wire?

Traditionally, jump rings are formed from wire wound on a sized mandrel and cut with a jeweler's saw frame and blade. Jewelry makers can easily form...

Dear Fire Mountain, what tools should I use to cut and finish my memory wire jewelry?

Since memory wire is too hard to use standard jewelry-making pliers or looping tools successfully, we have a couple suggestions. To make your process...

How do I solder gold-filled wire?

We recommend you match your solder to the karat of gold you are soldering onto. For instance, if you are soldering 14k gold filled wire, use 14k gold...

Can Zebra wire be polished?

As you create designs with colored copper wire and protected tools such as nylon jaw pliers, the coating should retain its shine. Use a polishing...

Can you explain how to properly use a mandrel when bending memory wire?

Round-nose pliers or wire-wrapping pliers are the best tools for bending memory wire. You would be required to use your hands when bending the wire...

What is the best size and type of sterling silver wire to make earring wires?

22-gauge sterling silver half-hard wire would be appropriate for most earwire styles. If you will be hammering your designs, you may want to start...

How do you bend 16 or 18 gauge wire into a neckwire or choker?

Using a round cylindrical item (such as a coffee can) is a great way to get the round shape needed to create a neckwire or choker from gold-filled...

Can the Wrap-it® Wire in jeweler's bronze be oxidized? Since its mainly copper, will liver of sulfur work to give it a patina?

After several attempts to oxidize Wrapit jeweler's bronze wire with liver of sulfur, patina gel and heat, even after removing the top layer, we were...

Could you please tell me the best way to straighten wire for wrapping as coiled wire is still curved? Thanks,

Hold the spool of wire in your non-dominant hand and place the jaws of the nylon jaw pliers, a few feet down from the end, on the wire. Grasp firmly...

How many millimeters thick is 21-gauge wire? Is there a conversion chart somewhere on the website? Thanks so much for your help.- Phyllis

21-gauge wire is 0.71mm or 0.028 inches thick. Our Wire Gauge to Inches and Millimeters Conversion Chart is located within the EncycloBEADia, where...

I am making a rosary and am looking for the thickest and strongest eye pin. I have had trouble with the loops stretching open under normal stress. Any suggestions?

The 21-gauge (0.028 inch) eye pins are a solid and dependable finding, great for most projects requiring a heavier weight eye pin. This gauge is...

I do wire work with mostly sterling silver and 14k gold-filled wire. My silver scraps I send to a local artist who works with silver but what can I do with my gold-filled scraps?

There are companies/refiners that will pay you for your scrap gold-filled metal and wire. Contacting a trusted local jeweler for referrals is...

I would like to form my own wire wrapped cones. How do I make these?

Artistic Wire® Conetastic™ mandrels create custom wire cones and beadcaps for jewelry designs. See the resources below for links to this tool and how...

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