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« on: March 22, 2011, 06:57:32 am »

 Help! I am new to this hobby and the question is What is the difference between square wire, Half round wire, and round wire-- on how they are used? and why use different shapes (square/half round, round)
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 01:49:10 pm »

Basic round wire is the most common to use for most wire wrapping.

Half-round has one domed side (half a circle) and one flat side.  The flat side is sometimes useful in short pieces at the beginning of a project.

Square wire can be twisted for a very pretty effect, but isn't often used.

Your next question is likely to be "What is the difference between half-hard and dead-soft wire?"  Dead-soft wire is very soft and easy to work with, but does not hold its shape well.  Half-hard wire has been tempered so it is stronger (and slightly more brittle). It is harder to bend, and holds its shape better. You'll almost always use half-hard wire when making jewelry.

Here is a quick link to all of our wire and sheet.

We carry a nice variety of books about wire-wrapping and wire jewelryAll Wired Up: Wire Techniques for the Beadworker and Jewelry Maker, by Mark Lareau is a good choice, but depending on your plans and style, there are many other good books available too!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 11:35:45 am »

Polly, you've reminded me.....

If I make connecting rings out of fine silver (so I only have to braise the cut ends together rather than solder), and I hammer and oxidize them after wards....

Would I save myself some trouble by using SQUARE wire?  I've never used any before, but I wondered if it were easier to hammer flatter?
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 09:00:40 am »

Hi Luann,

I've never tried it, but I have a feeling that the round wire would be easier, because you wouldn't have to line up the ends as precisely, to prevent a funky seam.

I will ask around and see if anyone I know has genuine experience with that method.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2011, 11:05:20 am »

Yay!  Keep in mind I'm making irregular, organic-shaped rings, hammered unevenly.  In fact, maybe that would mean the square wire wouldn't give me the look I'm after......   oh
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011, 12:09:29 pm »

I agree. In my opinion the square wire is best for very clean, or industrial, looks.  Or as a contrast to something organic.
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