ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Wire Basics For Wire Jewelry Making

Updated on May 14, 2012

Wires for Wire Jewelry

Different wires perform very differently when making jewelry
Different wires perform very differently when making jewelry

An Introduction To Wire for Jewelry Making

Wire is available in a variety of different types of metal. Each of those metals has its’ own set of characteristics that determine not only its workability but also its’ desirability as an art element. Knowing these characteristics before beginning any jewelry making project can only serve you well and help avoid potential difficulties in your jewelry designing. All that's to say that learning about the different qualities of your materials first will most certainly help you when you're learning how to make jewelry.

Different types of wires have different attributes regarding composition, hardness and pliability. Of the metal wires, fine silver, sterling silver, brass and copper are the most viable for professional looking woven wire jewelry although integrating colored wires can enhance jewelry pieces. Also, given the high price of precious metals today, considering alternative metals, like enamel coated copper wire (colored wire) may be a great asset to your jewelry making.

Know the Characteristics of Each Type of Wire

Metal wires can come in their pure form or as a compound of metals known as an alloy. Alloys are typically made either to increase the workability of a wire or to produce a particular color of metal.

Metal wire comes in three degrees of hardness: hard, half hard, and dead soft. The different degrees of hardness correspond to the different potential uses of the wire. For example, jewelry ear wires are generally made with half-hard wire. Dead soft wire can tolerate the greatest amount of “working” and that’s why it is often preferred for wire weaving.

What To Know When Purchasing Wire

Wire is sold in varying thicknesses, commonly known as the gauge of the wire. The most important thing to remember about gauge size is that the higher the number, the thinner the wire. For example, a 14 gauge wire is fairly thick compared to a 24 gauge wire. For the purposes of braiding with wire for jewelry making, gauges usually range from 20 to 28 gauge. If you plan to use thicker wire gauges than these, the wire should probably be annealed (heated) prior to beginning your wire jewelry.

Finally, when purchasing wire, you’ll be asked which temper you’d prefer your wire in. This refers to the pliability of the wire and there are usually three tempers to choose from: hard, half hard and dead soft. Generally speaking, if you plan to “work” the wire a lot for your particular wire jewelry, you’ll want to choose dead soft wire.

Make Wire Beads 2011

Here's another great book and review for making jewelry with wire: Make Wire Beads

Jewelry Making Products from Amazon

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)