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Nickel Silver Wire

Silver Colored Wire & Sheet Metal for fine Jewelry, sculpture & Craft
Nickel Silver is an alloy of nickel with copper & zinc created to look like silver. It is known as "Nickel Silver" or " German Silver" but there is no silver in it.
 
It looks almost identical to sterling silver, but it tarnishes less than silver and its stiffness makes it hold its shape better.
 
This Medium Soft bare wire is the softest this wire comes in, it is relatively bendable. The thicker gauges are more stiff and requires some hand strength to bend.
Solid Bare Round Nickel Wire is for hobby or craft work. It is an alloy of nickel with copper and zinc was created to look like silver .
 
It is also known as nickel silver because of its silver color , but it has no silver content. It tarnishes less than silver. (Sterling Silver is also an alloy containing copper)
 
This Nickel Alloy is The closest wire in strength to Stainless steel we have but unlike stainless steel our Nickel alloy is solderable! And it works more easily.
Stainless is a slightly different color- more cold steel like than the warm sterling silver color of this nickel alloy metal.
 
This Medium Soft bare wire is the softest this wire comes in, it is bendable by hand but springier than copper. The thicker wire is stiffer than thinner gauges.
 
Because of its strength it is great for jewelry and wire wrap. It also can be soldered.
This high quality raw wire comes in a satin finish which buffs up to a bright finish. See our Quick Polishing jewelry cloth
 
Our solid metal wire is not plated to make it look shiny temporarily as plating is usually very thin and wears off over time. Also plated wire does not solder as well and often permanently discolors in the process. In addition plated metal mars easily and is hard to polish back to what it was without wearing it off.
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RAW METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
 
Bulk Metal :   Our cut to length bulk metals for the crafts person provides what is needed at a good value. Our cuts are generously long & approximately square. Metal by the running foot or yard is shipped in one length whenever possible. We use this metal to craft our own creations.
 
Grades:  These solid metals are of an especially pure high grade for fine craft work. All of It is solderable. It is not to be used for electrical work.
               New Craft Metal has a bright rolled satin finish. It may have some very slight manufacturing ripples, scratches & color variations.                
 
              Reclaimed -Recycled metal: This unused older metal has scratches, finger prints, ripples and/or dents. Some is shiny and and some has patina from age. It is all very usable at a good price. We use this metal in our own creations.
 
Gauges or Thickness: The lower the gauge number the thicker the metal. For example 23 gauge sheet metal is more than twice as thick as 30 gauge. See below for gauge charts.
 
Hardness: Basically how easy it is to bend or work:
             Medium Soft is pliable yet holds up for folding and hammering. Thicker metal bends less easily than thin.
             Medium Hard is stiff, bends less easily and holds is shape better in larger pieces
 
 
FINISH: Our raw/bare metals can be buffed up after a piece is completed.  More information on METAL CRAFT HOW-TO : Cleaning, cutting, forming, soldering & finishing
 
PATINA: All the metals we offer are raw with no wax or varnish and will gain an aged patina over time. Patina solutions (available at most hardware stores) can be used to speed the aging process. More about Patina
 
 
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals have sharp edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open. They are not intended for young children . Gauge thickness shown is approximate.Our metals are sold only for craft work; and they are not tested nor certified safe for electrical nor electronic uses, nor home construction nor internal consumption
 
. CAUTION: All metals known may cause contact reactions to some people, some metals do so more than others. Reactions are usually in a small percentage of people and may be allergic or from repeated contact to skin. If concerned ask customers to be cautious and test. If you are concerned it is advised you use only 100% pure gold which has the lowest incidence of reaction. Check with health experts for further information.PLEASE REFRESH YOUR SCREENTO SEE ALL OUR NEWEST OFFERINGS & CURRENT PRICESOld prices from old versions of our web site will not be honored.
 
Soft wire: This wire is the softest in the metal choice it is easy to bend and work.
Our soft aluminum wire is the softest.
 
HOWEVER: Our SOFT copper, brass & nickel wire is a bit stiffer than aluminum. This is due to the natural properties of these metals. There is no way around it if you want these real metals.
 
We do not offer fake wire: Wire that is coated to look like another because they do not last and often get marred when working with. In addition they are not strong wire and cannot be soldered.
 
You can paint our aluminum wire to look like brass or copper after making something from it  to have a very soft wire that looks like something else. Automotive paint departments often have all these choices.
 
THE THICKER A WIRE IS THE HARDER IT IS TO BEND
 
Medium Stiff wire: is made to bend (but less easily) and hold its shape better.
Wire can be work hardened by bending back and forth or by hammering it to make it flatter and stiffer. It will also be more springy.
 
Metal can also be hardened by heating to glowing red hot and dousing in ice water repeatedly.
 
Bending wire:All our wire can be bent by hand - within reason. A thick 6 gauge wire will not bend around a 1/4 inch rod. It also depends on the users hand strength.This is why we urge ordering samples to see what works for you.
 
Once a wire is bent it becomes more hard and will be more difficult to bend again. A metal can be softened when working with it by annealing it: Heating it with a torch to glowing red hot and allowing it to cool slowly.
 
Wire that is easy to bend and then magically holds its shape:
It cannot be both ways these are opposites; some effort is required for this result. Yet this is the most commonly asked question of us.
 
While when a wire is bent it becomes more hard and will be more difficult to bend again, Soft wire will remain relatively soft.
 
Metal can also be hardened by heating to glowing red hot and dousing in ice water repeatedly. Wire can be work hardened by bending back and forth or by hammering it to make it flatter and stiffer. It will also be more springy.
 
We suggest trying our medium stiff wires. Medium stiff wire will be harder to bend and will hold its shape better.
 
THE THICKER A WIRE IS THE HARDER IT IS TO BEND
 
Again we urge ordering samples or small amounts to get hands on experience and to see if it will work for an intended project. This is how we taught ourselves over the last 30 years. There is no way in words that this can be related, not by e mail and not by phone conversations.

We no longer accept returns of wire if a sample has not been ordered first.
 

 
Gauge Thickness chart & Information
 
 
Gauge Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal.
 
The chart below shows approximate gauge thickness for metal to give a relative idea of different gauges. It is in American Standard Gauge of Average wire gauge thickness.
 
 Gauge -Thickness  Dimension inches thick  Dimension millimeters thick

  NOTES

 2

 

.258 inch or
slightly over 1/4 inch thick

  6.54 mm
  VERY HEAVY THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 4

 
.204 inch

 5.189 mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 6

 

 .162 inch

 4.1mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 8

  .128 a little over 1/8 inch

3.26 mm
 

 9

   .114 inch

   2.91 mm
 

  10

 

.102 inch

  2.6 mm
 

  12

 
.081 inch 50

 2 mm thick
 About as thick as a standard wire coat hanger

 14

 

 .064 inch

a bit thicker than 1/16 inch
1.6 mm
 This and thicker is Considered PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  16

 .051 inch

 1.30 mm
 

  18

 .04 inch

 1 mm
 A bit thicker than a standard paper clip in wire. Heavy PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  20

.032 inch

.80mm
About the thickness of a standard paper clip.

  22

 . 025

 .65mm
 

  23

Photo shows Approximate thickness: 23 gauge

  .023 or 23 Mil

  .576 mm

 

Standard heavy weight Sheet metal for larger craft work, roofing and range hoods etc. In copper sheet it is 1 pound per square foot approximately.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

  24

  .020 or 20 Mil

 .5 mm -half a millimeter

Heavy weight Sheet metal.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

A medium fine wire for craft.

  26

  .016

 .40 mm
 

  30

 .010 also known as 10 mil
as it is 10/1000
inch thick

  .25 mm 1/4 mm
 Medium weight sheet - cuts with a scissors. twice as thick as 36 gauge below, But a very thin wire- not very strong

  36

 .005 also known as 5 mil
as it is 5/1000 inch thick

  .125 mm 1/8 mm

 Heavy FOIL: Standard Embossing & tooling & foil. Cuts with a scissors.

7 times thicker than houshold aluminum foil.

  38

 .004 approximately

  .101 mm

  Medium weight foil slightly lighter than above

Extremely thin wire

   45-50

 .0014

.0007
    thin foil- Household"tin" Aluminum foil- called
very thin foil -
standard aluminum kitchen foil "tin foil"
 
The Gauge thickness lines may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
 
Adjust your screen or estimate If this does not appear as one inch.
 
 
Or see the inch dimensions in the chart above on this page and compare with a ruler.
 
 
 
 
 
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