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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 thickness.
 
     Below is an information only chart please see our catalog listings at the left for the thicknesses we have available in various metals. Prices and details are on those pages..(Some metals in the gauges shown below are unavailable.)
 
 The photos of gauge thickness on these charts is shown for comparison and may appear thicker or thinner than actual thickness on some screens.
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Gauge Thickness chart & Information:
 
 
 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

 .004

  .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 lower 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 lower 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are different standards of gauge measurements that vary from industry and country - this is the American Standard gauge system for non ferrous metals.
 
 
Thinner metal bends & cuts more easily in general than thicker of the same metal..
 
Sheet metal in 23 & 24 gauge is heavy - traditionally used for roofs and range hoods- where it will last hundreds of years. It weighs one pound per square foot approximately.It cuts with a tin snips or saw.
 
 
 
Anything thicker in sheet is in the area of metal plate. It is difficult to bend and can not be cut with tin snips. A cutting torch or saw is used for this.
 
Medium weight sheet is 30 gauge easy to work and most cuts with a scissors.
Light weight sheet , 36 to 38 gauge is a hefty foil. It cuts easily and is easiest to work.
 
 
Thick wire from the thickest 2 gauge and the progressively thinner 4, 6 & 8 gauge are more difficult to bend and cut than thinner wire.
 
 
In addition soft wire feels thinner than stiff wire in its handling as we innately associate thickness with stiffness. For the same reason comparing sheet metal may be misleading as the thickness may be the same but the stiffness is different.
 
The gauges are AWG average wire gauge which means they are approximate and vary slightly from length to length. But they would not vary by even a 1/2 gauge.


For craft metal this is the best as scientific/ engineering gauged metal is much more expensive because of the cost of manufacturing metal with tolerances 1/1000 of an inch and finer.
 
 

 

RAW METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
 
We ship our metals in a raw state- that is un coated with a bright brushed surface. Sculptures, Jewelry & Art are always made of raw metal and cleaned , polished and coated AFTERWARDS. Or they are textured, painted or patinated.
 
Novices often expect metals in the raw state to have a finished surface and do not consider the marring that may occur with creation of a piece; nor consider that metal cannot be soldered, braised, or welded if there is any coating on the metal. Metal suppliers are often vexed by expedient beginners expecting to be shipped mirror finish sheet and wire for crafting jewelry.
 
The only metals commonly in use that do not tarnish are fine stainless steel, pure gold and platinum. We do not offer these due to difficulty of working with stainless steel and the cost of gold and platinum. This aside, copper, brass, nickel & aluminum will last a long time with some care. Objects of these metals thousands of years old grace museums.
 
Copper is a very reactive metal and will gain a natural patina with time like the Statue of Liberty. see Patinas and Finishes. But with a little care copper and alloys of metal containing copper such as brass and Nickel silver can be kept bright for a long time.SEE Cleaning Copper and Brass
 
Unpacking Craft Metal orders:   We handle craft metal with gloves so as to minimize finger prints and wrap to protect in shipment. When opening a wrapped piece be careful not to cut or scratch the craft metal. If it is a coiled item it may spring open slightly when tape is cut.
 
Open packages carefully over a counter top & soft surface as metal may slip out and dent.
 
Craft metal shipped in tubes usually slide out an open end very easily or with with slight tapping- care should be taken not to dent the metal in the process. If it is difficult to remove, unwinding the cardboard tube will uncover the metal.
 
BULK METAL:   Save with our cut to length bulk metal prices for the crafts person. Our cuts are generously long & approximately square. Metal by the running foot or yard is shipped in one length whenever possible. We use this metal to craft our own creations.
 
Most metal is shipped in a roll. If necessary ripples or curves can be flattened by rolling it with a smooth rolling pin or plastic pipe section on a completely smooth surface such as a countertop or glass table. Our thinner gauges are shipped in a tube which works as a roller for smoothing too.
 
GAUGE Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner 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. Hardness has more to do with temper than thickness.   A very hard foil can be stiffer than a very soft sheet metal twice the thickness.
             Medium Soft is pliable yet holds up for folding and hammering.
             Medium Hard is stiff, bends less easily and holds is shape better in larger pieces
 
 
 
Grade & Finish:  
               Commercial mill grade: Metal as it comes from mill with a rolled satin finish. It has some very light manufacturing ripples, scratches & color variations.   
              Our new metals can be buffed up to shiny satin finish with metal cleaners and a buffing pad. We recommend a powdered cleaner called "Barkeepers Friend" available in most grocery stores. A paste wax or clear varnish can be used to keep metal bright. 
 
               We also offer Reclaimed -Recycled metal: This unused older metal often develops character from being in storage for up to 75 years. It has color variations (patina) and may have  scratches, finger prints, ripples and/or dents, but no holes. It is very usable at a good price. We find this metal too useful  in our own creations to scrap.
 
PATINA: The color that metal acquires with age and oxidation. All the metals we offer are raw with no wax or varnish and will gain patina over time.Patina solutions (available at most hardware stores) can be used to speed the aging process. More about Patina
 
More information on METAL CRAFT HOW-TO : Cleaning, cutting, forming, soldering & finishing
 
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals have sharp edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open. They are not intended for young children . Gauge thickness shown is approximate.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.
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GAUGE Charts for copper sheet & wire:
For other thicknesses of wire and sheet metal & dimensions in mm see the listings for individual metals.
 Gauge  Dimension (inches) thick  Pounds per Sq. Foot in copper sheet approximately*
 8  .128 ( a little over 1/8 inch)  5.12 ( heavy copper plating )
 12  .080  3.20
 14  .064  2.56
 16   .051  2.04
 18  .040  1.60 ( thick copper sheet called "plate" as in "plate steel")
 20  .032  1.28
 22 . 025  1.18
 23  .023

  1 pound per square foot approximately

(standard heavy weight for larger craft work, roofing and range hoods etc.)

 24  .020  14.2 ounces per square foot .89 Pounds per square foot medium-heavy weight
 26   .016   .64
 30 .010  .40 medium weight sheet twice as thick as 36 gauge
 36  .005   .234 (heavy foil/ tooling foil)
 38 .002   .09
 

.0014


.0007

thin foil household foil- called heavy household foil
very thin foil - standard aluminum kitchen foil "tin foil"
 
 
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for over 27 years
 
OUR COMPLETE METAL CRAFT CATALOG TO ORDER FROM:
 
How to SOLDER BOOKLET
 
 
ALUMINUM WIRE 
 
COPPER WIRE
 
JEWELERS BRONZE & BRASS WIRE
 
 
NICKEL SILVER WIRE 
 
  
WIRE CRAFT TOOLS
 
 
COPPER SHEET METAL
 
BRONZE SHEET METAL
 
 
 BRASS SHEET METAL
 
ALUMINUM SHEET
 
OUR COMPLETE METAL CRAFT CATALOG TO ORDER FROM:
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SALES & SAMPLE SETS
 
Recycled & Vintage Craft
Metal    
 
 
COPPER Foil
for EMBOSSING
 
 
ALUMINUM FOIL
FOR EMBOSSING
 
 BRASS FOIL
for EMBOSSING
 
COLORED
ALUMINUM FOILS
 
FOIL EMBOSSING TOOLS
 
OUR COMPLETE METAL CRAFT CATALOG TO ORDER FROM:
 
  
METAL CRAFT TOOLS
 
POLISHING CLOTHS
 
 
Craft Metal , Tools f & Supplies
for over 27 years
 
How to SOLDER BOOKLET
 
 
ALUMINUM WIRE 
 
COPPER WIRE
 
JEWELERS BRONZE & BRASS WIRE
 
OUR COMPLETE METAL CRAFT CATALOG TO ORDER FROM:
NICKEL SILVER WIRE 
 
  
WIRE CRAFT TOOLS
 
 
COPPER SHEET METAL
 
BRONZE SHEET METAL
 
 
 BRASS SHEET METAL
 
ALUMINUM SHEET
 
 
SHEET METAL TIN SNIPS
 
SALES & SAMPLE SETS
 
WIRE CRAFT TOOLS
 
 
 
ALUMINUM WIRE 
JEWELERS BRONZE & BRASS WIRE
NICKEL SILVER WIRE 
COPPER WIRE
  
WIRE CRAFT TOOLS
ALUMINUM SHEET
 
 BRASS SHEET METAL
BRONZE SHEET METAL
 
COPPER SHEET METAL
 
SHEET METAL TIN SNIPS
 
ALUMINUM FOIL
FOR EMBOSSING
 BRASS FOIL
for EMBOSSING
COLORED
ALUMINUM FOILS
 
COPPER Foil
for EMBOSSING

FOIL EMBOSSING TOOLS
 
METAL CRAFT TOOLS
How to SOLDER BOOKLET

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POLISHING CLOTHS
 
 
 
 
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COPPER WIRE:
 
 
26 Gauge
 Copper wire
.016 inch
.40 mm
very fine thin wire- the thinnest we stock
approximate 26 gauge thickness*
 
 24 Gauge
Copper wire
.020 inch
.5 mm (half a millimeter)
thin wire-
approximate 24 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
20 Gauge
.032 inch .80mm
About the thickness of a standard paper clip.
approximate 20 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
18 Gauge
.04 inch  1.mm
A bit thicker than a standard paper clip
 
 
approximate 18 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
16 Gauge
 
 
.051 inch thickness
or 1.30 mm thick
approximate 16 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
14 Gauge
.064 inch thickness
 
approximate 14 gauge thickness*
 
 
Copper wire
12 Gauge
.081 inch  2.mm
A bit thicker than a standard wire coat hanger
 
approximate 12 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
10 Gauge
.102 inch  2.6mm
31.
approximate 10 gauge thickness*
 
 
Copper wire
8 Gauge
.128 inch
3.26mm
 
2 approximate 8 gauge thickness*
 
Copper wire
6 Gauge
 .162 inch
4.1mm
12.6 ft to lb .
approximate 6 gauge thickness*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aluminum Wire
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aluminum Wire
SOFT 14 gauge
.064 inch thickness
 
Aluminum Wire SOFT  12 gauge
.081 inch  2.mm thick
About as thick as a standard wire coat hanger
50 ft Lb
approximate 12 gauge thickness*
 
Aluminum Wire
Soft  8 gauge-
.128 inch 3.26mm thick
just over 1/8 inch
approximate 8 gauge thickness*
 
Aluminum Wire Soft
6 gauge
 .162 inch or 4.1mm -
OUR THICKEST ALUMINUM WIRE .
approximate 6 gauge thickness*
Aluminum Wire
Medium Stiff
17gauge
 
approximate size*
 
  Recycled
ALUMINUM
alloy- Wire
20 gauge
Approximately
.032 inch
.8mm
Medium Stiff
 
approximate 20 gauge thickness*
 
 
 
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BRASS WIRE- Gold color:
 
 
 
 
 BRASS wire
26 Gauge
.016 inch
.40 mm
very fine thin wire- the thinnest we stock
 
approximate 26 gauge thickness*
 
Brass Wire
24 gauge
.020 inch
.5 mm
14 karat Gold Color
fine thin wire 
great for jewelry
 
approximate 24 gauge thickness*
 
 Brass Wire
 20 gauge
.032 inch
.80mm 
14 karat Gold Color
About as thick as a standard paper clip.
 
approximate 20 gauge thickness*
 
BRASS wire
18 Gauge
.04 inch  1.mm
A bit thicker than a standard paper clip
14 karat Gold Color
approximate 18 gauge thickness*
 
 
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NICKEL WIRE- Silver Color:
 
26 Gauge
.016 inch
.40 mm
very fine thin wire- the thinnest we stock
 
approximate 26 gauge thickness*
 
 
 NICKEL
Wire
24 gauge
.020 inch
.5 mm
fine/ thin wire
 
approximate 24 gauge thickness*
 
 NICKEL
Wire- 20 gauge
.032 inch
.8mm
About as thick as a standard paper clip.
 
 
approximate 20 gauge thickness*
 
 
 
CRAFT WIRE Catalog:
 
ALUMINUM WIRE for Armatures & Sculptures
 
 COPPER WIRE
 
 BRASS WIRE -Gold Color
 
 NICKEL WIRE -Silver Color
 
 
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