Step1: Choose your project.
Firstly, you should know different wire fits different jewelry, so you are supposed to make it certain what kind of jewelry you are going to make before you choose wire.
Step2: Choose the wire hardness: soft, half-hard, and hard.
Soft wire can be easily bent into the shapes you want by hands. It is great for making spirals, loops and round shapes.
Half-hard wire is a bit harder. It is designed for making sharp angles or wrapping around itself.
Hard wire is difficult to bend. It can be used to make pins, jumprings, hooks and clasps. It can’t be bent into round shapes.
Step3: Choose the wire gauge.
12 gauge wire is usually only available in dead soft temper. It may require heavy duty jewelry making tools for shaping and cutting.
14-gague and 16-gauge(1.3 to 1.6 mm) best used for large, heavy jewelry construction, which require some heavy duty jewelry making tools for shaping and cutting.
18-gauge and 20-gauge(0.81 to 1 mm) wire can be made into most bracelets, which can be shaped by hand and with the use of regular jewelry making tools (for shaping and cutting)
22-gauge (0.64 mm) wire for stone settings, earrings and pendants
24-gauge (0.51 mm) wire for most beading projects. The gauge fits through most beads but isn't too bulky.
26-gauge (0.40 mm) to wrap beads and make smaller chain loops.
20-gauge or higher can be used for making earrings and wrapping bead.
30-gauge or 28-gauge (0.25 to 0.32 mm) wire for delicate jewelry making. It is great for wire weaving, rings, bead work and making small chains. Use fine jewelry making tools for this gauge.
Step4: Choose the wire color.
There are many colors of different wires. You can buy the wires in the color suitable for your main jewelry project.
Now, have you known the wires better? You can choose the wire for your jewelry making better in the future. Hope the above information can help you to create more beautiful jewelry.Also See: Wire Hardness, Wire Gauge, Stone Settings, Round Shapes, Wire, Jewelry, GaugeTop Searches - Trending Searches - New Articles - Top Articles - Trending Articles - Featured Articles - Top Members
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