Page 21 Jewelry Making with Beads
and Wire -- What a Beginner Needs to Know
Jewelry Making -- Choosing Your
Jewelry Wire (Continued)
Here are some do's and don'ts about choosing jewelry wire:
- In general use 20G wire for earrings, 18G wire for Bracelet
components and 18 or 16 G wire for necklace components.
- In general use 20 or 22G wire for making wrapped bead links in
bracelets and necklaces.
- In general don't use 22G wire to make a wire component that must
stand by itself, unless that component is very small.
- In general, when buying 16G wire, buy soft wire, half-hard may be
- In general use soft wire for spirals and half-hard wire where you
will have wrapped loops.
- When making an ear wire, consider 20 or 21G wire. 22G wire is
probably too thin and may be uncomfortable to wear.
- Do not use Artistic Wire or any other dyed wire for making ear
wires. The dyes have chemicals that do not belong inside the human
The following two pages provide additional information on the
advantages and disadvantages of several types of jewelry wire.
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