Bronze jewelry wire provides a warm color similar to that of copper, but with more stiffness for creating sturdier components with less (or no) need for work hardening.
Our bronze wire is alloyed from 92% copper and 8% tin. It can be oxidized for an antiqued look, or left bright and shiny. Choose from 18 gauge, 20 gauge, and 22 gauge round wire. Bronze wire (but not phosphor bronze) works great with BRONZclay metal clay. Because of its hardness, we recommend cutting bronze wire with heavy duty wire cutters.
Our cadmium-free bronze wire solder is bronze with 30% silver, and has a melt temperature of 1250°F, and a flow temperature of 1410°F. Use with hard-soldering supplies (a torch, not a soldering iron).
Phosphor Bronze (also known as tin bronze) is an alloy containing copper, tin and phosphorous. Phosphor bronzes contain between 0.5 and 11% tin and 0.01 to 0.35 % phosphorous. In this alloy, tin increases corrosion resistance and strength, and phosphorous increases wear resistance and stiffness. Phosphor bronze has superb spring qualities, high fatigue resistance, excellent formability and solderability, and high corrosion resistance. Artistic Wire's bare phosphor bronze wire will naturally oxidize and darken over time, providing a patina that's perfect for creating vintage and antiqued looks. Choose your gauges in everything from 18 gauge (medium-thick) to 28 gauge (thin) for making jewelry and wire crafts.