Jewelry and Beading Semi-Precious Wire to Stock

By Heather Dismore, Tammy Powley

Part of Jewelry and Beading Designs For Dummies

If you need some help deciding which wire you need to begin your jewelry and beading projects, use this list of wires (complete with gauges and hardness) as a good start:

  • Gold-filled 22-, 21-, and 20-gauge round dead-soft wire

  • Sterling silver 22-, 21-, and 20-gauge round dead-soft wire

  • Gold-filled 24-, 20-, and 16-gauge half-hard wire

  • Sterling silver 24-, 20-, and 16-gauge half-hard wire