Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wire Jewelry 101: Different Types of Wire

Wire Jewelry is one of the most popular handmade jewelry items sold by crafters nationwide. It has especially become ubiquitous as of late, largely in part to the rising trend of bohemian chic and indie-style fashion.

Want to get in on the trend? Here are some beginner tips and information on different types of jewelry wire for your jewelry display

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Copper and Brass

Copper and Brass Wires are suitable for that earth-tone look. Copper wire is usually very cheap and can be found just about anywhere. It is also often easily pliable which makes it a good practice wire. Copper gradually darkens and discolors overtime, which produces a "patina" effect. One main difference between copper and brass wire is that the latter tends to be stiffer. Brass tends to convey an illusion of being gold-like due to it's yellowish-red color, but it is in fact a blend of copper and zinc.

7 Strand Copper Wire

Gold or Gold-filled


Some vendors sell pure gold wire jewelry in various karats, but let's face it- they are very expensive. Hence the alternative: gold-filled wire. Gold-filled wire is basically base metal wrapped in thick layers of gold. It is usually made of better quality compared to other types of wires and can last a long time if cared for properly. 
7 Strand Gold Wire

Silver

Silver-plated wire is one of the most accessible types of wire. It is usually made out of sterling silver material over a copper base. It is also quite easy to use and reasonably priced. Sterling-silver wire on the other hand, is made out of 92.5% pure silver. The rest of it is made up of a mixture of copper and zinc, to provide strength for the material. Like other metals, Sterling will also tarnish overtime, so it's best to store it in a ziplock bag or any other sealed containers when not in use. 
7 Strand Silver Wire





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