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CRAFT WIRE

for Jewelry, Craft & Sculpture
MADE IN USA
  This solid raw wire comes with a satin surface buffs up to a bright finish.
See our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth
 
This high quality wire is especially suited for craft, art , hobby, wire wrap, armatures or sculptures. MORE ABOUT WIRE
 
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ALUMINUM WIRE: Very Soft   Medium Stiff
 
 COPPER WIRE:  Round   SQUARE &  HALF ROUND
 
GOLD COLORED Jeweler's Bronze WIRE:  ROUND   SQUARE
 
SILVER COLORED NICKEL ALLOY WIRE
FINE CRAFT METAL FOR 28 YEARS
 
 
 
 
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ALUMINUM WIRE

   This round aluminum craft wire is light weight & inexpensive.
This silvery colored metal comes in a satin finish, which buffs up to a bright finish. See our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth. Aluminum resists tarnishing more than copper or silver. 
 
The extra Soft Aluminum Wire bends very easily especially the thinner wire. It is very soft, the softest wire of all of our metal wires.
The Medium Stiff Aluminum Wire bends less easily & holds its shape when bent.
when bent.  Thin wire works well for jewelry & fine wire craft. Thick wire is often used sculptures. Our wire is LEAD FREE.
 
Many use our aluminum wire for wrapping, jewelry & ornaments Aluminum fastens by wrapping, epoxy or glue. It does not easily solder , but it can easily be joined with adhesives. Craft wire thicknesses indicated are approximate and may vary slightly a few thousanths of an inch thicker or thinner, this is known Average Wire Gauge or AWG .
  
Order samples to see what works best. Sample sets of Aluminum Wire:
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ALUMINUM WIRE: Very Soft   Medium Stiff
 
 
 Solid pure COPPER CRAFT WIRE:
This soft copper craft wire is easily worked and bendable by hand. This un-coated raw solid wire is especially high quality for craft work.
 
This high quality bare copper wire comes in a satin finish which buffs up to a bright finish. See Our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth.
 
This craft copper wire is solderable- which makes it a choice jewelry wire, sculpture wire &for many crafts.Gauge is thickness More about gauge thickness
 
 Order samples below to find what works best   Sample sets of Copper wire          
This bee was crafted in the Whimsie Studio Using 6, 8 and 10 gauge wire
 
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 COPPER WIRE:  Round   SQUARE &  HALF ROUND
 

Brass Craft Wire

Also known as Jewelers bronze Wire
 
This solid  round Brass Wire is of the highest quality for Jewelry or Fine Craft work.
  It is a special alloy of approximately 85% copper and 15% zinc created to resemble the color of 14 karat gold for jewelry and craft. This brass is also known as Jewelers bronze or Merlin's gold.
   This medium soft bare bass wire is bendable by hand. It tarnishes slower than copper.
 
The thicker 12 ,10 & 8 gauge brass wire is stiffer than the thin wire & pliers will help in bending. Although brass is a bit stiffer than the same thickness of copper; it holds its shape better. 
 This high quality raw brass wire comes in a bright satin finish which buffs up to a bright finish. See our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth SEE OUR NEW SQUARE BRASS WIRE below 
     Order samples to see what works best.
Special:Order any 2 or more wire spools or coils and we will upgrade to PRIORITY MAIL. (samples not included)
 
Click below for individual quick loading page of:
 BRASS WIRE:  ROUND   SQUARE

NICKEL WIRE

- silver color Solid  Bare Nickel Wire for hobby or craft work:
This alloy of nickel with copper and zinc was created to have a silver color.
This Nickel Alloy is The closest wire to Stainless steel we have but unlike stainless steel our Nickel alloy is solderable! And it works more easily.
 
It is so known as nickel silver because of its color , but it has no silver content. It tarnishes slower than silver. Our nickel wire is LEAD FREE.
 
It is a Medium Soft bare wire -the softest this wire comes, bendable by hand springier than copper. It is also the strongest wire we sell.
The thicker 12 & 10 gauges are stiffer than finer gauges.Because of its strength it is great for jewelry and wire wrap.
 
This high quality raw wire comes in a satin finish which buffs up to a bright finish. See our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth.
 
Order samples to see what works best. Special:Order any 2 or more wire spools or coils and we will upgrade to PRIORITY MAIL. (samples not included) .
Click below for individual quick loading page of:
 
 
NICKEL SILVER WIRE
 
 
 
MORE CRAFT WIRE:
 
ALUMINUM WIRE
Soft Aluminum Wire
Medium Stiff Aluminum Wire
 
 COPPER WIRE
SQUARE & HALF ROUND COPPER WIRE
 
 BRASS WIRE
SQUARE BRASS WIRE
 
NICKEL Alloy WIRE
This is the closest to stainless steel we have & it is solderable
d you use only 100% pure gold which has the lowest incidence of reaction. Check with health experts for further information

 
RAW METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
 
ABOUT CRAFT WIRE::
Different metals have different properties we suggest ordering samples to see what works best.
 
 
 
Soft wire: This wire is the softest in the metal choice it is easy to bend and work.
Our soft aluminum wire is the softest. More about Aluminum Wire
 
HOWEVER: Our SOFT copper, brass & nickel wire is a bit stiffer than aluminum. This is due to the natural properties of these metals. There is no way around it if you want these real metals.
About COPPER CRAFT WIRE  More about Brass & Bronze wire    More about NICKEL wire
 
We do not offer fake wire: Wire that is coated to look like another because they do not last and often get marred when working with. In addition they are not strong wire and cannot be soldered. Our solid metal wire is not plated to make it look bright temporairily but plating wears off over time.
 
 
You can paint our aluminum wire to look like brass or copper after making something from it  to have a very soft wire that looks like something else. Automotive paint departments often have all these choices.
 
THE THICKER A WIRE IS THE HARDER IT IS TO BEND
Shorter wire will bend less easily than long simply because of lack of leverage.
Thinner wire can make tighter bends than thicker wire.
 
Medium Stiff wire: is made to bend (but less easily) and hold its shape better.
Wire can be work hardened by bending back and forth or by hammering it to make it flatter and stiffer. It will also be more springy.
 
Metal can also be hardened by heating to glowing red hot and dousing in ice water repeatedly.
 
Bending wire:All our wire can be bent by hand - within reason. A thick 6 gauge wire will not bend around a 1/4 inch rod. It also depends on the users hand strength.This is why we urge ordering samples to see what works for you.
 
Once a wire is bent it becomes more hard and will be more difficult to bend again. A metal can be softened when working with it by annealing it: Heating it with a torch to glowing red hot and allowing it to cool slowly.
 
Wire that is easy to bend and then magically holds its shape:
It cannot be both ways these are opposites; some effort is required for this result. Yet this is the most commonly asked question of us.
 
Easy to bend is a relative term- it all depends on the hand strength of the crafts person. If a crafts person cannot bend a paper clip then only our thinnest softest wires will work for them to bend by hand. PLEASE ORDER SAMPLES
 
While when a wire is bent it becomes more hard and will be more difficult to bend again, Soft wire will remain relatively soft.
 
Metal can also be hardened by heating to glowing red hot and dousing in ice water repeatedly. Wire can be work hardened by bending back and forth or by hammering it to make it flatter and stiffer. It will also be more springy.
 
We suggest trying our medium stiff wires. Medium stiff wire will be harder to bend and will hold its shape better.
 
THE THICKER A WIRE IS THE HARDER IT IS TO BEND
 
Again we urge ordering samples or small amounts to get hands on experience and to see if it will work for an intended project. This is how we taught ourselves over the last 30 years. There is no way in words that this can be related, not by e mail and not by phone conversations.

We no longer accept returns of wire if a sample has not been ordered first.
 
 
Bulk Metal :   Our cut to length bulk wire for provides what is needed at a good value. Our cuts are generously long & approximately square. We are one of the few metal wire suppliers to carry such a wide range of wire gauges. Wire by the running foot or yard is shipped in one length whenever possible. We use this metal to craft our own creations.
 
Grades:  These solid metal wires are of an especially pure high grade for fine craft work. All of It is solderable except the aluminum. It is not to be used for electrical work.
               New Craft Metal has a bright rolled satin finish. It may have some very slight manufacturing ripples, scratches & color variations.                
 
              Reclaimed -Recycled metal: This unused older metal has scratches, finger prints, ripples and/or dents. Some is shiny and and some has patina from age. It is all very usable at a good price. We use this metal in our own creations.
 
Gauges or Thickness: The lower the gauge number the thicker the metal. For example 23 gauge sheet metal is more than twice as thick as 30 gauge. See below for gauge charts.
 
Hardness: Basically how easy it is to bend or work:
             Medium Soft is pliable yet holds up for folding and hammering. Thicker metal bends less easily than thin.
             Medium Hard is stiff, bends less easily and holds is shape better in larger pieces
 
 
FINISH: Our raw/bare metals can be buffed up after a piece is completed.  More information on METAL CRAFT HOW-TO : Cleaning, cutting, forming, soldering & finishing
 
PATINA: All the metals we offer are raw with no wax or varnish and will gain an aged patina over time. Patina solutions (available at most hardware stores) can be used to speed the aging process. More about Patina
 
 
Gauge thickness shown is approximate.
 
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals may have sharp edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open.
They are not for use by children .
Our metals are sold only for craft work; and they are not tested nor certified safe for electrical nor electronic uses, nor home construction nor internal consumption, and they are not certified for food service. (Yes folks some actually ask if they can eat this craft metal!)
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Gauge Thickness chart & Information
 
 
Gauge Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal.
 
The chart below shows approximate gauge thickness for metal to give a relative idea of different gauges. It is in American Standard Gauge of Average wire gauge thickness.
 
We urge ordering samples to see exact thickness and to get a feel of the metal. Nothing beats hands on experience.
 
 Gauge -Thickness  Dimension inches thick  Dimension millimeters thick

  NOTES

 2

 

.258 inch or
slightly over 1/4 inch thick

  6.54 mm
  VERY HEAVY THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 4

 
.204 inch

 5.189 mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 6

 

 .162 inch

 4.1mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 8

  .128 a little over 1/8 inch

3.26 mm
 

 9

   .114 inch

   2.91 mm
 

  10

 

.102 inch

  2.6 mm
 

  12

 
.081 inch 50

 2 mm thick
 About as thick as a standard wire coat hanger

 14

 

 .064 inch

a bit thicker than 1/16 inch
1.6 mm
 This and thicker is Considered PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  16

 .051 inch

 1.30 mm
 

  18

 .04 inch

 1 mm
 A bit thicker than a standard paper clip in wire. Heavy PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  20

.032 inch

.80mm
About the thickness of a standard paper clip.

  22

 . 025

 .65mm
 

  23

Photo shows Approximate thickness: 23 gauge

  .023 or 23 Mil

  .576 mm

 

Standard heavy weight Sheet metal for larger craft work, roofing and range hoods etc. In copper sheet it is 1 pound per square foot approximately.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

  24

  .020 or 20 Mil

 .5 mm -half a millimeter

Heavy weight Sheet metal.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

A medium fine wire for craft.

  26

  .016

 .40 mm
 

  30

 .010 also known as 10 mil
as it is 10/1000
inch thick

  .25 mm 1/4 mm
 Medium weight sheet - cuts with a scissors. twice as thick as 36 gauge below, But a very thin wire- not very strong

  36
 .005 also known as 5 mil
as it is 5/1000 inch thick

  .125 mm 1/8 mm

 Heavy FOIL: Standard Embossing & tooling & foil. Cuts with a scissors.

7 times thicker than household aluminum foil.

  38

 .002

  .101 mm

  Medium weight foil slightly lighter than above

Extremely thin wire

   45-50

 .0014

.0007
    thin foil- Household"tin" Aluminum foil- called
very thin foil -
standard aluminum kitchen foil "tin foil"
 
The Gauge thickness lines may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
 
Adjust your screen or estimate If this does not appear as one inch.Or see the inch dimensions in the chart above on this page and compare with a ruler.
AWG: Average wire gauge
Charts for copper sheet & wire: based on American Standard gauge:
 
Gauge Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal.
 
*This chart shows approximate gauge thickness for metal to give a relative idea of different gauges.
 
The Gauge chart picture may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
 
Or see the inch dimensions in the chart above on this page and compare with a ruler.
 
We urge ordering samples to see exact thickness and to get a feel of the metal. Nothing beats hands on experience.
 
 
 
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