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Nickel Silver Wire

Silver Colored Wire for fine Jewelry, sculpture & Craft
  Nickel Silver is an alloy of nickel ,copper & zinc is known as Nickel Silver or German Silver but there is no silver in it.
 
   It tarnishes less than silver and hold its shape better.  
  This Solid Bare Nickel Silver comes in a satin finish . It solders easily & makes strong pieces .
 
   This Medium Soft bare metal is the softest it comes in. The thicker gauges are more stiff & holds their shape better. More about NICKEL Wire      
  
Order samples to see what works best. Sample Sets of Nickel Wire
 

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Silver Colored 
NICKEL Jewelry Wire
26 Gauge
.016 inch .40 mm
Very Fine thin wire Very strong-Ideal for bead stringing and fine jewelry work.
 
approximate 26 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
NICKEL Jewelry Wire
26 Gauge
 
 
SAMPLE $3.60
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NICKEL Jewelry Wire
26 Gauge
150 foot spool  $14
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 NICKEL Wire
24 gauge
.020 inch .5 mm
fine/ thin wire
approximate 24 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
 
 
Nickel Alloy 24 Gauge
SAMPLE $3.60
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Sample Sets of Nickel Wire
100 foot spool $12
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400 foot spool $34
Shipping is $4 per spool
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3600 foot spool $240
Shipping is $8 per spool.
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 NICKEL Wire

22 Gauge

AWG - Approximately .025 inch or .65mm
 
Approximate 22 gauge thickness, line may not appear correctly on all screens More About thickness
SAMPLE $3.60
 
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Copper wire Sample sets
60 foot spool  $12
Shipping is $1.90 per spool
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240 foot spool $34
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 NICKEL Wire
20 gauge
.032 inch .8mm
About as thick as a standard paper clip.
 
 
approximate 20 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $3.80
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40 foot spool $12
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160 foot spool  $34
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NICKEL Wire
18 Gauge
.04 inch or  1.mm thick
A bit thicker than a standard paper clip
 
Approximate 18 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $3.80
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Sample is 18 inch long approximately
 
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25 foot spool  $12
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100 foot spool  $34
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NICKEL Wire
16 Gauge
.05 inch thick or 1.3mm thick
Stiffer than finer gauges
above because of its thickness
 
Approximate 16 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $3.80
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30 foot coil  $21
 
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120 foot coil $74
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NICKEL Wire
14 Gauge
.064 inch or 1.6mm thick
Stiffer than finer gauges
above because of its thickness
 
Approximate 14 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $3.80
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20 foot coil  $24
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80 foot coil  $68
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NICKEL Wire
12 Gauge
.08 inch or  2 mm thick
Stiffer than finer gauges above because of its thickness
 
Approximate 12 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $4
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12 foot coil  $21
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48 foot coil $64
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NICKEL Wire
10 Gauge
.10 inch thick or 2.6mm thick
Much Stiffer because of its thickness
Approximate 10 gauge thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $4.20
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8 foot coil  $24
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32 foot coil  $68
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NICKEL Wire
approximately
8 Gauge
.128 inch or 3.26mm thick
Approximate 8 gauge wire thickness, may not appear correctly on all screens*More About thickness
SAMPLE $4.40
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5 foot coil  $24
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20 foot coil  $72
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Sample Sets of Nickel Wire
Sample set of Thin Silver Colored Nickel  Alloy Wire:
Sample set of each of the Thin gauges of round nickel wire we offer above: 16, 18, 20, 22,24 & 26 gauges.
 
This alloy of nickel was created by jewelers to look like fine silver. It is a mixture of nickel with copper and zinc.
These are the thickness of wire most used in jewelry & fine craft.
 
 
THIN Nickel Silver Wire Sample Set of 6: $18 set
 
includes shipping by USPS First Class Parcel
 
Length of samples are the gauge in inches. Photo does not show lengths shipped.
 
Sample set of Thicker Silver Colored Nickel  Alloy Wire:
Sample set of each of the Thicker gauges of round nickel wire we offer above: 8, 10, 12, & 14 gauges.
 
This alloy of nickel was created by jewelers to look like fine silver. It is a mixture of nickel with copper and zinc.
 
These are the thickness of wire most used in Sculpture, Heavy jewelry & larger craft.
 
 
 
Thicker Nickel Silver Wire Sample Set of 4: $16 set  
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Length of samples are the gauge in inches. Photo does not show lengths shipped.
 
 
MINI PLIERS & WIRE CUTTERS
These handy small pliers & wire cutters are great for handling finer gauges of wire.
 
Both are ideal for Jewelry and embellishments.
 
They both have a spring to return back to the open position, making working with them easier.
 
 

The Mini Diagonal Wire Cutter cuts across a wire. It is best for cutting medium 14 gauge down to the finest 26 gauge.
(Will not cut 10, 8,6, or 4 gauge copper , aluminum or nickel wire or 12 & 14 gauge brass wire)
The Mini Diagonal Wire Cutter: $6
Plus $3 shipping by first class mail.

 
 
The Mini Long Nose Pliers is best for bending 12 gauge or thinner (With built in wire cutter for finest wires 20, 24 & 26 gauges)
The Mini Long Nose Pliers:$6
Plus $2 shipping by first class mail.
 

 
The Mini Wire End Cutter is used to cut the end of a wire.
 
It is ideal for nipping off ends to clean up finished pieces, leaving a square end. It This works best for cutting medium 14 gauge down to the finest 26 gauge.(Will not cut 10, 8,6, or 4 gauge copper , aluminum or nickel wire or 12 & 14 gauge brass wire)
The Mini Wire End Cutter: $6
Plus $3 shipping by first class mail.
 
 
 
 

SPECIAL: Set of all Three Mini Tools-
One each of the Long nose pliers, the Diagonal wire cutter & the End cutter: A Great gift!
 
A $21 value if ordered separately.
SPECIAL: Three Mini Tools above for $14
Plus $4.00 shipping by Priority Mail
 
 
See our information on Cutting Metal Sheet and Wire
Caution: these are sharp. These are not for use by children.
 
 
 WIRE CUTTERS &WIRE BENDING PLIERS
for sculpture jewelry & wire craft
 

POLISHING CLOTHS

to Brighten metal

without residue

MORE CRAFT WIRE:
 
ALUMINUM WIRE for Armatures & Sculptures
 
 COPPER WIRE
 
 BRASS WIRE -Gold Color
 
 NICKEL WIRE -Silver Color
 
 
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Gauge lines are approximate and they may not appear the same e on all screens.
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals may have sharp edges and are not for children. This is bare craft wire and NOT for electrical use. This wire is not for internal use. More on handling & use below
Prices and shipping is for USA delivery only.
 
More about NICKEL Wire
 
 
More about Nickel Silver wire
This 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 or German 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 & Sheet 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.
 
 
The Gauge chart picture may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
 
We urge ordering a sample to see exact thickness and to get a feel of a wire. Nothing beats hands on experience .
 
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Different metals have different properties we suggest ordering samples to see what works best.
 
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. More about Aluminum Wire
 
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.
About COPPER CRAFT WIRE   More about Brass & Bronze wire    More about NICKEL wire
 
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.
 
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.
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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 household 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"
 
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Or see the inch dimensions in the chart above on this page and compare with a ruler.
 
 
 
 
 
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