Wire & Chain
Memory wire holds its circular shape and is made with high tensile stainless steel. Make a single braclet loop or a bulkier multi-loop bracelet. Secure end by making a loop, or glue a one-holed bead at each end. No need for a clasp. Only cut with heavy duty wire cutters.
There are a large variety of chains.
There is also a large variety of things you can do with chains, e.g.:
Use your imagination to come up with more ideas.
The various sizes of wire is known as gauges. Used to make wire jewellery, eye pins, and head pins.
The higher the gauge, the thinner the wire. Use the guide below to choose the gauge you need for your project:
Wire hardness is a measurement of the temper of the wire, or its malleability. The ability to bend the wire easily with your fingers is defined as "soft", while the inability to easily bend the wire is defined as "hard".
The hardness of the wire is controlled by annealing or heating. When the wire is heated, then cooled properly, it will become softer. It is hardened by drawing it through a plate. The more times the wire is drawn through the plate, the harder it becomes.
Wire is available in a range of hardness levels, ranging from zero (called "dead soft") to ten, or higher. "Dead soft" wire (#0) is not drawn through a plate. Wire drawn through a plate twice is "half hard". Wire drawn through a plates four times is "hard", and wire drawn through a plate eight times is "spring hard".
The most common hardness which meets the majority of wire designing needs are #0 (dead soft), #1 (quarter hard), #2 (half-hard), and #4 (hard).
The wire guage also has an impact on the hardness. For example, 12G wire is quite thick and difficult to bend even when it is "dead soft", compared to 20G which is thinner and is very malleable and easy to bend when it is "dead soft".
Wire also comes in different shapes including round, half-round and square. Most projects are made with round wire as it is more versatile.