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Crafting with Brass Wire and More

Wire isn’t just used for electronics—some kinds are widely used for completely unrelated purposes, like arts and crafts. The malleability, appearance and cost-effectiveness of certain types of wire make them a perfect fit for various crafting projects. One example is brass wire, which offers the ideal combination of affordability, flexibility and brilliant shine. Brass wire also comes in more than one type, as the material can be made using different combinations of alloys. Whatever the type, though, this and other wires—like armature wire—are perfect for completing an artistic project.

Brass Wire: An Affordable Gold Substitute

While gold’s distinct appearance and high intrinsic value makes it a timelessly popular choice for jewelry, it is also prohibitively expensive for casual crafting. This is why brass wire is such a popular choice in crafting, particularly when it comes to DIY jewelry projects. Brass wire comes in several varieties, but two of the most popular for crafting are yellow and red brass.

Yellow brass is a combination of zinc and copper, which gives it a gold coloring. This type of wire is also highly flexible, so it imitates gold’s malleability, making it easier to manipulate during the completion of projects like DIY jewelry. Red brass wire, also commonly known as gunmetal, contains copper, tin and zinc, and its copper content is notably higher than that of yellow brass. This makes red brass wire stronger and less malleable, but more corrosion resistant. Because both of these types so closely imitate the brilliant shine and distinct coloring of real gold, they are popular choices for budding home jewelers trying to avoid the high cost of a precious metal.

Armature Wire and More

Brass wire isn’t the only type of wire popular with artists. Armature wire, for example, is critical in the design and creation of clay sculptures. Artists use armature wire to create a skeletal structure for a sculpture, making it easier for the clay to retain its shape and resist cracking and breaking. Brass wire and armature wire are just a few examples of how strong, flexible and beautiful wires can be used for artistic—not just electronic—applications.

To learn more about these and other types of wire that are appropriate for artists, contact Arcor Electronics.