Gemstone Beads and Wire Gauges

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What size gemstone beads will fit 18 Gauge wire?

Gemstone Beads and Wire Gauges

When purchasing gemstone beads for wire work, it is important to note the hole size of the bead. Various needles and wires will only fit with certain beads. Here is a quick list of bead sizes and the maximum gauge wire to use.

4 mm bead- 24 Gauge Wire

6 mm bead- 22 Gauge Wire

8 mm bead- 21 Gauge Wire

10 mm bead- 16 Gauge Wire

12 mm bead- 14 Gauge Wire

14 mm bead- 18 Gauge Wire



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