Daily Wire Tip Dec. 23: What Is Gallery Wire?

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
December 23, 2010

Question:

What is “gallery wire,” and how do you use it?

-Valarie in Clifford Township, Pennsylvania

Answer:

Gallery wire is a very fancy bezel wire, generally soldered. Basically it is used by silver and gold smiths to set cabochons and/or stones or in the construction of rings when something rather elegant is desired. It is very soft and when I tried to use it in wire wrapping, it broke really easily. That was several years ago; maybe I should give it another shot. Anyone else use it in wire wrapping?

A quick Google Image search will return many images of this type of wire.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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3 Comments

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    Winona

    December 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I use gallery wire, but not for wire wrapping. I never even thought of using it in that way. I use it to make fancy cab surrounds (bezels). Depending upon the stone and setting, it can really enhance the piece.
    Winona

  2. avatar

    June

    December 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Where would you get gallery wire?

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      December 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      June, jewelry suppliers who cater to gold and silver smiths carry Gallery Wire – just do an Internet search with the words ‘gallery wire’ and then choose.

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