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Wire Gauges: In reference to wire gauge sizes, the larger the number, the smaller the diameter of the wire. The most commonly used sizes for wire wrapping are 20 to 24 gauge.

26 Gauge – extra fine – for very small and delicate projects
24 Gauge – fine – for pearls and most gemstones – easy to work with
22 Gauge – medium – fairly universal for glass beads, fits some pearls and gemstones
20 Gauge – medium heavy – great for earwires, clasps or larger beads
18 Gauge – heavy – often good for chainmaille or when a heavier look is needed
16 Gauge – heavy – often used as a base to wrap finer wires around
14 Gauge – heavy – often used as a base to wrap finer wire around
12 Gauge – very heavy – hard to work with – good for rings and buckles
Wire Temper: Measures the amount of spring in the wire.

Soft – Has no spring when you bend it and is good for making wire beads.
Half-Hard – Has some spring, but is still malleable. It is good for basic wire work because it holds its shape well.

 

Gauge No.InchesMillimeters
000000 (6/0)0.5814.73
00000 (5/0)0.516513.12
0000 (4/0)0.4611.68
000 (3/0)0.409610.4
00 (2/0)0.36489.266
0 (1/0)0.32498.251
10.28937.348
20.25766.544
30.22945.827
40.20435.189
50.18194.621
60.1624.115
70.14433.665
80.12853.264
90.11442.906
100.10192.588
110.090742.306
120.080812.053
130.071961.828
140.064081.628
150.057071.45
160.050821.291
170.045261.149
180.04031.024
190.035890.9116
200.031960.8118
210.028460.7229
220.025350.6438
230.022570.5733
240.02010.5106
250.01790.4547
260.015940.4049
270.01420.3606
280.012640.3211
290.011260.2859
300.010020.2546
310.0089280.2268
320.007950.2019
330.007080.1798
340.0063050.1601
350.0056150.1426
360.0050.127
370.0044530.1131
380.0039560.1007
390.003530.08969
400.0031440.07986

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