Artistic Wire offers alloy 304 stainless steel wire in several gauges, from thick 16 gauge to thin 30 gauge. Steel wire is tougher than copper wire, so use heavy-duty cutters and strong pliers.
304 stainless steel is the most popular grade of stainless steel. It is 18-20% chromium, 8-10.5% nickel, 0.08% carbon, plus iron and trace elements (approximately 0.75% silicon, 0.045% phosphorous, 0.03% sulfur, 2% manganese, and 0.1% nitrogen). It is commonly used in the food industry (sinks, coffee urns, dairy storage and hauling, beer/brewing, citrus and fruit juice handling, etc). The same corrosion and stain resistance that make 304 Stainless Steel great for food handling, also make it popular for jewelry.
Use thicker gauges of this steel craft wire to make handmade jewelry components. Thinner gauges work great to wire weave, crochet, wire wrap and make Viking knit. Wholesale pries are available when you buy multiple spools of a single gauge.