I am going to order all my sterling silver metal soon and would like
to see if what I am planning on ordering sounds good for just
starting out. I am trying to budget and get only the necessities for
a beginner. The sterling silver I am going to start out with will be
used to practice with jump ring cutting, the bezel technique for
simple necklace pendants, and soldering.
For sterling silver sheet metal =96 24 Gauge (for the back of gemstone
pendants). Sound okay? Oh, there are two choices. .999 fine silver
or dead soft sheet? .999 is a little more expensive but I cant tell
the difference and what one would be best for me.
For Bezel Wire =96 28 or 30 Gauge Plain Strip. There are like 4
different options for the 28 gauge. I don=92t get it=85. The different
widths and thicknesses aRe: 3/32x.013, 1/8x.010, 3/16x.013, and
1/4x.013. Any recommendations? I obviously don=92t want too long or t=
short when it wraps around the stone. Is there a nice average size I
Silver Wire =96 20 and 18 gauge sizes. Do you think most beads from
the Rio Grande Catalog will fit one of these gauges? And if not=85 wha=
hole size should I be looking for? This may sound real bad but I
can=92t seem to match up bead hole size with the thickness of the silv=
wire gauge size. Any suggestions?
I also plan on getting hard solder. How much of this do I need? I
forgot to look for it in the Rio Grande catalog. Does it come cut up
or in tiny pieces?