Wire

SoftFlex®

Let's Bead Sells SoftFlex Beading WireSoftFlex® is a state-of-the-art bead stringing wire, constructed of either 21 or 49 micro stainless steel wires woven together and nylon-coated. It is hypoallergenic and can be worn in and out of salt or fresh water. It feels like fiber while offering the strength of stainless steel. It is one of the most flexible and stainless steel jewelry wires available.

Each SoftFlex® diameter was designed to handle certain levels of abrasion, everything from soft materials like pearls and seed beads, to rougher materials like glass, minerals, and metal. Consider the abrasion level of the beads used in order to determine the appropriate diameter of SoftFlex® to use. The thicker the wire, the better resistance to breakage it will have.

Choose the right size for your project:

Wire Size Application
.014 fine (21 micro wires)
  • Designed for softer less abrasive materials, such as freshwater pearls and seed beads
  • Offers the softness and flexibility of pearl stringing threads, yet has the strength of stainless steel
  • Use a 2×2 crimp for a single strand
.019 medium (49 micro wires)
  • Designed for use with small to medium glass beads, Austrian crystals, silver, pewter, 80% of freshwater pearls and seed beads
  • Recommended when designing with a variety of materials in one project
  • Use a 2×2 crimp for a single strand
.024 heavy (49 micro wires)
  • Designed for abrasive materials and designs that will meet excessive movement, such as watchbands and bracelets
  • Great for multi-strand designs, African beads, and large stones
  • Use a 2×3 crimp for a single strand

SoftTouch®

Let's Bead Sells SoftTouch Beading WireSoftTouch® is a state-of-the-art bead stringing wire that is 50% softer and more flexible than SoftFlex®. Made from interwoven stainless steel strands, it feels like fiber while offering the strength of stainless steel. It can be knotted, is kink-resistant, and provides more versatile performance. Consider the abrasion level of the beads you are stringing in order to determine the appropriate diameter of SoftTouch® wire to use. The thicker the wire, the better resistance to breakage it will have.

Choose the right size for your project:

Wire Size Application
.014 fine (21 micro wires)
  • Designed for softer less abrasive materials, such as freshwater pearls and seed beads
  • Offers the softness and flexibility of pearl stringing threads, yet has the strength of stainless steel
  • Use a 2×2 crimp for a single strand
.019 medium (49 micro wires)
  • Designed for use with small to medium glass beads, Austrian crystals, silver, pewter, 80% of freshwater pearls and seed beads
  • Recommended when designing with a variety of materials in one project
  • Use a 2×2 crimp for a single strand
.024 heavy (49 micro wires)
  • Designed for abrasive materials and designs that will meet excessive movement, such as watchbands and bracelets
  • Great for multi-strand designs, African beads, and large stones
  • Use a 2×3 crimp for a single strand

Craft Wire

Let's Bead Sells Craft Wire in Many Gauges & ColorsCraft Wire is permanently colored copper wire that resists scratching, peeling, and marring; it can be tempered to half hard and is 100% lead and nickel free.

Craft wire in many colors and metal platings including non-tarnish silver is available in gauges 18-28 at Let’s Bead! We carry bare copper, nickel silver and jeweler’s bronze wire in gauges 14 – 28.

Memory Wire

Let's Bead Sells Memory WireMemory wire is made from stainless steel. It’s called “memory” because it is already formed in the shape of rings, like a spring, and it stays in this form even if you pull it apart to string on beads. Memory wire is very easy to work with, and one size fits most anyone.

Memory wire is great for kid’s projects because it is easier to hold and string than regular beading wire. It comes in bracelet, ring, and necklace sizes. Finish the ends of memory wire either by bending the wire with a round-nose pliers, or gluing on a memory wire bead. Cut memory wire only with a memory wire cutting tool.

Memory wire is available for rings, bracelets and necklaces in silver, gold and copper colors.

Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Wire

Wire is described in terms of its gauge (thickness) and its temper (hardness). Hardness is the property of the metal that resists bending. Soft metals are pliable and easy to bend. Hard metals are stiff and hard to bend. Most wire is available as dead-soft, half-hard, or hard. Wire for jewelry making is typically soft or half-hard. Dead soft wire is extremely soft and pliable. Half-hard wire is slightly stiffer than dead soft wire.

Wire can be softened by annealing (heating). It is hardened by being hammered or pulled through a draw plate. Soft wire can be “work hardened” as it is manipulated or by applying friction, as with a polishing cloth. Wire that is overworked becomes brittle and can break.

SS & Gold-Filled Wire are a must-have for jewelry makers. Choose the appropriate wire for your project:

  • Half-hard wire has some stiffness and retains its shape when bent. Half-hard wire is ideal for earrings, clasps and hooks
  • Dead-soft wire bends easily and will conform to almost any shape. Dead-soft wire is great for wire wrapping and making chain

Precious metal wire is available at Let’s Bead! in gauges 28 (thinnest) to 14 gauge (thickest) in round wire; half round wire and square wire are available in limited supply.

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