The items we sell are traditional cultural objects and are handmade,  because of this, our inventory changes often. We import ethnic tribal jewelry from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Kuchi, Turkoman, Belly Dance Hand painted ceramic jewelry from the Middle East. Still, it's easier to get started once you know a few basic tips and terms that will help you determine what type of wire to use for your jewelry projects. Historical and artistic textures combine in the spirit  of authentic jewellery with its own design and we create new models continuously. For wholesale orders, please email us directly for log in information to our wholesale section and for item availability.
Half Hard Tutorials & Projects Buy Supplies Wire Gauges The gauge of a piece of wire is a measurement of its width (diameter).
American Wire Gauge is typically (but not always) the way jewelry wire is measured in the United States and Canada. Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) is typically (but not always) the measurement system used in Great Britain.
This is because the numbers were originally determined from how many times a piece of wire had to pass through a draw plate before it was done being sized.

If you use half-hard wire (or work-harden softer wire), these gauges are also sturdy enough to hold their shape for making handmade chain, ear wires, eye pins, jump rings, and lightweight clasps.
It also has a practical advantage when you want to place several pieces of wire flush against each other. The flat side of the half-round wire is placed against the square wires, and the rounded side remains exposed in the finished design.
You can buy ready-made twisted wire, or make your own with a pin vise or BeadalonA® wire twister. When making your own, keep in mind that your finished fancy wire will be a thicker gauge than the individual wires you start with. Options include solid metal wire, filled (overlay) wire, plated wire, enamel-coated colored wire, and anodized wire. They're created by using heat and pressure to apply a thick layer of precious metal to a base of less costly metal. Use these when you're making upper-end designs but need something more economical than solid precious metal wire.
It's also popular as a practice material and way to create prototypes for precious metal designs.

The disadvantage of plated wire is that when it's over-manipulated, the plating can crack and chip, revealing the base metal underneath. As a result, plated wire is best used for designs that do not require extensive bending and wrapping. Nevertheless, here are a few general guidelines to help you get started: Dead soft works well to make flowing curves and spirals. Dead soft is typically used for wire wrapping, including wrapped cabochons and "sculpted" wire jewelry. Half hard is good for making components that need to hold their shape (ear wires, clasps, jump rings, necklace foundations, bracelet forms, etc.).
If you accidentally buy wire that is too malleable for your intended purpose, you can work harden it yourself with a nylon-head hammer, a Wire Whacker, a draw plate, or a tumbler. To re-soften wire that's too stiff for your intended purpose, you need to anneal it (heat it, then gradually cool it) - a more complicated process.

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