Of Special Interest:
Sterling Silver and Gold-Filled wire, as well as fine silver, argentium silver, brass, copper and nickel wire, for Wire-Wrapping.
Order by type of metal, by gauge and by the ounce forsilver, fine silver, argentium silver and gold-filled, or by the pound for copper, brass andnickel. The "larger" the gauge number, the thinner the wire.
Wire is available in three shapes: round, half round, and square. An approximate feet/ounce or feet/pound estimate is provided.
Wire comes as "hard", "half-hard" and "dead-soft". We have found the "hard" to be too difficult to work with in wire-wrapping. We prefer "half hard", and provide that where we can. When "half hard" is unavailable, we offer "dead soft".
Use brass or copper wire to "practice" your techniques and designs.
At Land of Odds, we wire-wrap crystals and stones, and occasionally make rings and bracelets. The gauges we use most often are 20 and 22. It usually takes 9"-12" of wire to wire-wrap a 1 1/2"-2" crystal or stone.
When we make Y-Necklaces by creating chains of beads, we typically use 24 gauge wire.
18-gauge and thicker wires more easily keep their shapes, when jewelry is worn. If you use an 18-gauge or thicker jump ring, for example, it is unlikely to open up. However, most beads have a .8mm hole size which is too small for 18-gauge which is 1mm thick.
"Regular" thickness head pins and eye pins usually refers to 20 gauge. "Extra Thin" usually refers to 22-gauge. "Ultra Thin" usually refers to 24-gauge and thinner.
To make any of these wires harder, you can do any of these things:
- keep one end secure, and grab the other end with a pliers or vice, and twist
To straighten any of these wires, grab each end with a pliers or vice and pull the ends in opposite directions.