Wire Sizes

WIRE GAUGE CONVERSION CHART AND THERE USUAGES IN BEADING PROJECTS

THE RULE TO REMEMBER IS HIGHER THE NUMBER OF THE WIRE GAUGE, THE THINNER AND FINER THE WIRE WILL BE. SO BASING IT ON THIS THE LOWER THE NUMBER , THE THICKER THE WIRE WILL BE. BELOW ARE THE MOST COMMON SIZES AVAILABLE AND SOME OF THEIR USES IN JEWELLERY MAKING. ALL SIZES ARE MEASURED IN MILLIMETRES 

GAUGE THICKNESS USUAGE
34 GAUGE O.1MM FINE CROCHETING, KNITTING AND TWISTING (VERY FINE)
32 GAUGE 0.2MM FINE CROCHETING, KNITTING AND TWISTING (VERY FINE)
30 GAUGE 0.25MM WEAVING, WRAPPING, CROCHETING, KNITTING AND VIKING KNITTING - IDEAL FOR SMALL HOLE LIGHT BEADS
28 GAUGE 0.3MM WEAVING, BEADED FLOWERS, WRAPPING, KNITTING, VIKING KNITTING AND TWISTING (VERY POPULAR) - IDEAL FOR SMALL HOLE LIGHT BEADS
26 GAUGE 0.4MM GOOD FOR SMALL HOLED BEADS THAT NEED EYEPINS, WIRE WRAPPING FOR HAIR ACCESSORIES ESPECIALLY TIARAS, WIRE CROUCHETING AND VIKING KNITTING
24 GAUGE 0.5MM WRAPPING SMALL HOLE LIGHT BEADS, IDEAL FOR MAKING GEM TREES , KNITTING AND VIKING KNITTING, IDEAL FOR LOOPS, PINS AND JUMPRINGS
22 GAUGE 0.6MM WRAPPING BEADS, EAR WIRES, LOOPS IN JUMPRINGS AND PINS INCLUDING USEUAGE IN OTHER FINDINGS TO INCLUDING CHAINMAILLE
21 GAUGE 0.75 CUSTOM EARRING FINDINGS
20 GAUGE 0.8MM WRAPPING OF HEAVIER BEADS, WIG JIG WORK, MOST COMMONLY USED FOR GENERAL WIRE WORK, IDEAL FOR LOOPS, PINS AND JUMPRINGS
18 GAUGE 1.0MM WRAPPING HEAVIER BEADS WITH LARGE HOLES, RING SHANKS, CHUNKY WORK, MEDIUM CLASPS, LARGE JUMPRINGS AND CHAINMAILLE
16 GAUGE 1.25MM  MEDIUM CLASPS,PINS WITH LARGER HOLES, LARGE JUMPRINGS AND CHAINMAILLE - ALSO IDEAL FOR USING AS A FRAMEWORK 
14 GAUGE 1.5MM CHUNKY BOLD PIECES, BANGLES AND CLASPS FOR HEAVY WEIGHTED PIECES - IDEAL AS USING AS A BASE FOR WIRE WORKING
12 GAUGE 2.0MM VERY CHUNKY WIRE PIECES, RINGS,  BANGLES AND CLASPS FOR HEAVY WEIGHTED PIECES - IDEAL FOR USING AS A SOLID BASE AND FRAMEWORK 
10 GAUGE 2.5MM VERY CHUNKY WORK AND FRAMEWORK BASES