Jewelry making wire is one of the jewelry craft supplies you need to learn about in order to be able to use it in jewelry making. There are different types of wire for making jewelry and each type has its own characteristics. It’s important to be aware of information on jewelry making wire so your jewelry designs work out as planned. It keeps you sane when you ensure that the wire does what is supposed to. This is my Cheat Sheet. I tape it to the wall in my studio. I hope you find it helpful when you have questions about wire for making jewelry.
|Shapes of Jewelry Making Wire |
|Round Half-Round Square Triangle |
|Jewelry Making Wire Gauges (the diameter or thickness of wire)|
|*12 & 14 gauge -used for neck wires & bangle bracelets-only DEAD-SOFT||*24 & 26 gauge -very fine-use with small pearls and gemstones-use for decorative wire-wrapping & beaded flowers|
|*16 & 18 gauge -used for clasps & jump rings-medium thickness wires||*28 gauge -used for delicate wire work-beaded flowers crochet or beads, pearls or gems with very small holes|
|*20 & 22 gauge-all purpose wire-loops, jump rings, head pins and ear-wires-HALF-HARD or DEAD-SOFT||**THE LARGER THE NUMBER THE THINNER THE WIRE|
PPSsst…print it out if you want. 8)