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Wire Gauges….Choosing The Right Wire

We now offer 8 gauge-24 gauge round raw wire in copper & brass.
No coatings & takes patina / oxidizers nicely!

Our round wire is medium hard.  Easy to work with right away or you can anneal
for a much softer & more pliable.
I’m forever trying to figure out the right gauge/width wire for different projects I’m working on.
I found this great Gauge/Project Table & thought it may help you as well!
 Wire Cheat Sheet
Wire Size
Diameter in  Millimeters 
What It’s Good For Making:
8  gauge 
3.25 mm
    • thick jump rings
    • rings
    • neck rings
    • bangle bracelets
    • buckles
10  gauge 
2.57 mm
    • clasps
    • thick jump rings
    • neck rings
    • bangle bracelets
    • rings
12  gauge 
2.03 mm
    • clasps
    • chunky jump rings
    • neck rings
    • bangle bracelets
    • substantial formed links
    • eye pins for beads with very large holes
14  gauge 
1.65 mm
    • clasps
    • thick jump rings
    • chain maille jewellery
    • neck rings
    • bangle bracelets
    • substantial formed links
    • eye pins for beads with very large holes
16  gauge  
1.3 mm
    • clasps
    • thick jump rings
    • chain maille jewellery
    • neck rings
    • bangle bracelets
    • substantial formed links
    • eye pins for beads with large holes
18 gauge
1.0 mm
    • more delicate clasps
    • jump rings
    • formed links
    • eye pins, head pins
    • wire-wrapping
    • ear-wires (though 20 gauge is more common)
    • fits through most bead holes
20 gauge
0.8 mm
    • jump rings
    • delicate formed links
    • eye pins
    • head pins
    • wire-wrapped links
    • split-rings
    • earwires
    • fits through most bead holes
21 gauge
0.75 mm
    • many people buy this odd size gauge specifically for making earwires
22 gauge
0.65 mm
    • wire-wrapping
    • wire-wrapped head-pins
    • wire-wrapped eye-pins
    • fits through almost all bead holes
24 gauge
0.5 mm
    • standard size for wire-wrapped bead links and head pins
    • wire-wrapping
    • fits through all but the smallest bead holes. Semi-precious gemstone beads and pearls often have smaller holes than other beads. This gauge fits through almost all of these.
26 gauge
0.4 mm
    • for wire crochet
    • wire-wrapped bead links and head pins
    • wire-wrapping
    • fits through all but the smallest bead holes. Semi-precious gemstone beads and pearls often have smaller holes than other beads. This gauge should fit through all of these.
28 gauge
0.32 mm
    • for wire crochet
    • wire-wrapping
    • wire-weaving.
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