- Choose your project. Different jewelry projects require different wire, so choose wire anew each time you begin a new type of wire jewelry creation.
- Choose what material you want to use. Wire comes in aluminum, iron, copper wire, craft, colored, French wire, gold-filled, memory wire, sterling silver wire, silver plated and tiger tail. The price largely depends upon the material used to make the wire.
- Tiger tail wire is a very common wire in jewelry making. It is a braided stainless steel wire that is coated in nylon. It is very strong and comes in a number of colors. It cannot be used for wire wrapping, but it can be used to give the look of an "invisible" setting, where the beads look like they are floating.
- Other standard, inexpensive choices for skilled jewelry making are copper, aluminum and niobium. Copper wire comes in gold and silver colors and it is coated with enamel. Color coated aluminum wire comes in many colors and gauges and often has the color inside the wire, so you don't have to be as careful when working with tools. Niobium is light, comes in many colors and is not delicate.
- French wire is a coiled wire that is great for accenting jewelry. It comes in copper, gold-plated, silver-plated, sterling silver and vermeil. The smaller the coil, the more precious the metal, and the more expensive.
- Gold filled wire has 100 times more gold in it than gold-plated wire. It comes in dead soft, half-hard and full-hard, which is a scale from very delicate to extremely tough. This is an expensive wire, so it should probably be saved for special projects.
- Memory wire is made from carbon steel or stainless steel. It is great for bangles or other loops because it returns to the loop it was made into in the factory. It cannot be used for any projects that require wrapping.
- Sterling silver also comes in the strength scale of dead soft, half-hard and full-hard,
- Gold and silver-plated wires are great for creating a fancy look, but they can be easily ruined by tools.
- Choose the size of wire you want to use for your project.
- You may want to stay away from jewelry wire containing nickel. It often causes an allergic reaction. The average colored craft wire is nickel-plated, so be aware before choosing it. Sterling silver often has a small percentage of nickel in it.
- Finding out which wire is best for your jewelry project may take some experimentation.
- To choose wire for jewelry making, you need to pay attention to the metal type of wire that you are looking to use.
- Gold-filled wire which is less expensive and looks and wears like gold is probably for special projects that have fancy look,
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