24K Yellow Gold Round Wire - 1" Piece - 26 Gauge / 1/4 Hard
**Please Note: 26 gauge is SMALLER than 22 gauge.**
Easier and cheaper to use than coins or grains! Gold wire is ideal for fuming on to glass. You can get beautiful pinks or gold colors when fuming with just gold or you can mix it with silver fume to achieve beautiful greens. Between gold and silver fumes, you can get most all of the colors of the rainbow if done right.
This 1/4-hard, 24-karat yellow gold round wire, the bread-&-butter of jewelry making, is ideal for creating components and for a wide variety of techniques. Metal that is 1/4-hard is a bit resistant to bending but readily takes shape; it is ideal for forming more simpler shapes as it will work-harden more quickly. Keep in mind that hardness is changeable (by annealing or heat-hardening) and is relative among metal types (each temper will feel and handle differently from one metal to another). When finishing your pieces, also keep in mind that the harder the metal is, the brighter a finish it will take.
26-gauge wire is ideal for stringing pearls and small-hole beads. As you know, jewelry wire has as many uses as there are jewelers and designers who use it to achieve their vision; these suggested uses simply represent some of the more common applications of this metal weight.
• Country of origin : United States
• Metal type : Gold
• Karat : 24K
• Hardness : 1/4-hard
• Form : Wire
• Shape : Round
• Dimensions : .016" (0.41mm)
• Gauge/thickness : 26 ga.