Beading Wires and Their Uses
Posted on Apr 24 2012 at 10:12:06 AM in Hobby
Wire size is denoted by a number called gauge. The following chart provides the approximate diameters of wire in American Wire Gauge and Standard Wire Gauge.
American Wire Gauge is the standardised system used in America and is sometimes also called Brown & Sharp Gauge.
Standard Wire Gauge is the standardised system used in Britain and is sometimes also called Sterling Wire Gauge.
Diameter of wire (inches)
Diameter of wire
Our range of wires
We offer a range of beading wires suitable for every beading project. Currently we sell memory wire, copper beading wire, tiger tail and also a premium range of tiger tail, called Flex-rite.
Memory wire is a coiled wire, that when used keeps its shape. This makes it ideal for creating bracelets, necklaces and rings. We have a large range of memory wire including ring sized memory wire, and also a size range suitable for children and adults for both bracelet and necklace designs. We also offer a range of memory wire jewellery making kits
Tigertail is made using a series of intertwined wires covered with a nylon coating. This creates a strong but flexible beading wire which is ideal for a range of beads including heavier or sharp edged beads. The nylon coating comes in a range of colours to match the colour scheme of your beadwork.
Flex-rite is a high quality tiger tail which uses state of the art micro-wire technology to produce a nylon coated beading wire that is strong, flexible and extra soft. It also comes in a variety of colours. Flexrite is ideal for creating professional looking jewellery.
Copper beading wire, due to its large range of diameters, is used in many aspects of jewellery and craft making. The following table should help you decide which gauge you need for your beading project.
Uses of various diameter copper wires
0.2Mainly used in wrapping, fine weaving, filigree infilling, lace making and also knitting and crocheting using fine needles. It is both thin and extremely flexible.
0.3Used in knitting and crocheting where a larger needle is used.
0.4Thought to be the most useful wire size for fine twisting and simple weaving. Can also be used for small, non-supporting structures.
0.5Used for structure and twisting. At this gauge tools may be needed to shape the wire.
0.6Can be used to make eyepins, small loops for earrings and wrapped loops for heavier beads. Also for fine non-supporting spirals and coils on tiaras.
0.7Used for spirals and coils that are non-supporting. Can be wrapped around larger beads.
0.8Can be used to make supporting spirals and hoops on necklaces and earrings, small filigrees, tiara frames and wrapping beads.
0.9Used to make coils and spirals suitable for both jewellery making and tiaras. Can support heavier beads and structures.