Beading Wire Diameters1:12 PM
More and more, I'm talking to designers who are frustrated and confused about how to pick the best diameter of wire for their beading projects. With there being so many copy cat wire manufacturers out there and no standard way of marketing or labeling the wire, it can be very hard to decipher what is the most important information. I can't speak for every brand, but I can certainly speak for ours.
Very Fine (.010 in) – sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving & embellishment.
Fine (.014 in) – pearls, seed beads, small stones that won’t fit on a thicker diameter
Medium (.019 in) – most commonly used, all purpose diameter – will fit most pearls & seed beads but can also handle more abrasive materials such as crystal, glass & stone
Heavy (.024 in) – best for bracelets, eye glass holders, watch bands (designs that get a lot of wear and tear) – also good for lampwork, trade beads, bone & stone (heavy and abrasive beads) most
Soft Touch – premium 21 & 49 stranded beading wire, available in 4 diameters: .010/Very Fine (2 colors + steel), .014/Fine (steel only), .019/Medium (steel only), .024/Heavy (steel only). Soft Touch is more flexible with the same strength and durability as Soft Flex Company
Extreme Steel – 19 stranded beading wire, available in 3 diameters: .014/Fine (only silver), .019/Medium (only silver), .024/Heavy (only silver).
NEW Extreme “Green Product” (look for green logo) – 19 stranded beading wire, available in 3 diameters: .014/Fine (silver, gold & champagne), .019/Medium (silver, gold & champagne), .024/Heavy (silver, gold & champagne). The NEW Extreme “Green Product” is more flexible than Extreme Steel with the same durability.
Econoflex – 7 stranded beading, available in 3 diameters: .010/Very Fine (7 colors + steel), .014/Fine (7 colors + steel), .019/Medium (7 colors + steel). This is our ONLY wire manufactured in
What other questions do you have? I'm all ears. Feel free to leave me a comment or email me at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.
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