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Old 2017-09-08, 7:30pm
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How thick of a wire does on get to use for wire wrapping beads?
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Old 2017-09-08, 7:45pm
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Liz, I've used everything from 10g all the way down to 28g, but generally the range is 18g-24g. Oh, and if you're using silver, get it full soft. By the time you're done wrapping, it'll be work hardened.
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Old 2017-09-08, 7:47pm
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I like to use 20 gauge for necklaces and 22 gauge for earrings.
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Old 2017-09-08, 7:50pm
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Depends on what your making.
People tend to use marbles for big things sculpture stuff

These garden spinners use around 14 gauge some go up to around 8
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EMg9uKKHeNo
These wands start off with 3/8" square stock.
http://gilthevlogsmith.storenvy.com/...nd-forged-wand

In general 18 to 26 gauge is common for jewlery pieces.
though some use a heavier wire to frame something like bonsai trees.
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Thank you all for the information. I'm off the buy some wire.
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