Craft wire used to make beautiful pendant
Do you often have trouble choosing which craft wire to choose? Hope you can find some answers here.
- You should confirm your jewelry type.
Different kinds of jewelry design have different requirements for the craft wire. Such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and so on.
- What kind of material you want to use for your design?
Different metals have their own different characteristics, such as hardness. Often, aluminum has a very soft character. In addition, the cost of the craft wire should also be taken into account.
- What size can be suitable for your jewelry?
First, what you should understand is that the smaller the number, the larger the wire. Today, let us understand the different sizes for what jewelry. We'd like to conduct an analysis based on AWG.
- 28–30 gauge (0.2–0.32 mm), this type of craft wire is very fine. It is usually used for weaving rings and making small chains. Pls take care when you use so small number craft wire, because it is easily pliable. 28 gauge wire can also be used for wire wrapping very small light beads, though the finished wraps will be very delicate and could bend and break quite easily.
- 26 gauge (0.4 mm), it's still extremely fine, but stronger than 28 gauge. It's usually used for weaving and knitting, wrap beads, make smaller chain loops.
- Note, 30–26 gauge craft wire are not suitable to used to wrap other wire around.
- 24 gauge (0.51 mm), it's one of the most frequently used for beading work. It can fits through most beads but isn't too bulky, usually used for weaving, binding, headpins, wire wrapped links and other stones, frames and so on.
- 22 gauge (0.64 mm), as a medium-gauge wire, it can used for prong settings and ear wires, open link chains for light or small stones, frames, etc.
- 20–18 gauge (0.81–1.0 mm), it is good for make pins, jump rings, average clasps, links or looped chandelier earring components.
- Noted, 24–20 gauge wire can be shaped by hand, you can use the regular jewelry making tools for shaping and cutting.
- 16–14 gauge (1.29–1.63 mm), it's so strong for framed or structure wire, neck collars, clasps, thick jump rings, bracelets, rings, etc.
- 12 gauge (1.82 mm), this gauge wire is best for large, heavy jewelry construction. Such as neck collars, bracelets, rings, framed or structure wire and so on.
- Noted, Even if the materials you are using is dead soft and half-hard during 16–12 gauge, pls don't forget to prepare a heavy duty jewelry making tools for shaping and cutting.