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Home>Wire Gauges and Bead Hole Sizes
 

Wire Gauges and Bead Hole Sizes

Do you need to know if your wire will work with our Venetian Beads, Here's the Answer:

Wire is measured in gauges. Bead holes we measure in millimeters. Since wire is produced by machine, it runs quite true to the stated gauge. Since beads are made by hand, one by one, the size of the hole will vary.

Most of the beads at VenetianBeadShop.com are produced on copper mandrels which are then etched out once the bead is cool. Sometimes there is a bit of stubborn copper which does not disappear. These beads can be re-etched to complete the removal of the copper. Some of our beads are produced in the fashion popular in the US with bead release. This is also subject to differences in hole size. Here it usually varies on the larger size as start with a stainless steel mandrel (perfect sized) and then dip into the bead release. Depending on the humidity, the age of the beadrelease, the skill of the person dipping, the size can vary (sometimes a bit more elongated if you hold the mandrel in one position, gravity moves the bead release).

Now that you know much more about hole sizes of beads than you ever wished. Here's the comparison so you know which gauges of wire will go through our beads.

This includes headpins, stringing wire, half-round.  For headpins, the most common sizes are 20-24 gauge. See the gauge below, all wire no larger than 19 gauge will fit our beads.  Here the important issue is the flexibility as well as the difficulty in wrapping them.  Italians tend to use a lower gauge and instead of wire wrapping, they just loop over and cut the end. We prefer the finished tight look of a good wirewrap!

Quick Tips

1mm = .03937 Inches OR 1 inch =25.4 millimeters

The larger the Gauge, the smaller the wire diameter

10 Gauge - 2.59mm (0.1019 Inch)

20 Guage = 0.813 (0.032 Inch)

Gauge Inches Millimeters








10 0.1019 2.59








11 0.0907 2.3








12 0.0808 2.05








13 0.072 1.83








14 0.0641 1.63








15 0.0571 1.45








16 0.0508 1.29








17 0.0453 1.15








18 0.0403 1.02








19 0.0359 0.0912 Venetian Beads








20 0.032 0.0813








21 0.0285 0.0724







22 0.0253 0.0643







23 0.0226 0.574







24 0.0201 0.0511







25 0.0479 0.0455








26 0.0159 0.404








24 0.0142 0.361








28 0.126 0.321








29 0.0113 0.287








30 0.01 0.0254









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