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Understanding Wire Fundamentals for Wire Wrapping Jewelry - Gauge, Shape, Temper, Material

For the purposes of this course, every time I talk about wire gauge, I am always referring to the American Wire Gauge (AWG), which is also sometimes known as the Brown & Sharpe Guide. All of the product links throughout the course also take you to items measured in AWG.In simplest terms, gauge is the thickness of the wire. The smaller the size, the higher the number. It seems counterintuitive, but there we are. 

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What are the Best Metal Choices for Beginning Chainmaille? Compare and Contrast

In this lesson, I will be talking about the different types of metal that are commonly used in chainmaille as well as make suggestions about what metals are best for beginners. Let’s discuss base metals, starting with aluminum. Aluminum is lightweight, shiny, very easy to work with and comes in a multitude of colors. In my opinion, aluminum is perfect for beginners, which is why all of the jump ring supplies until Section 5 of this course are made up entirely of aluminum.

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