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The Flexibility of Aluminum Wire

Aluminum wire is almost everywhere you look, being used for applications that range from the practical and high-tech to the artistic and time-tested. Even if you never have to worry about its power for data transfer or electrical conductivity, this wire may have something to offer you with its flexibility-literally. Revered for its practicality across industries, this inexpensive and powerful wire can be found in just about any home.

Aluminum Wire, Copper Wire and Telecommunications

All kinds of communications devices and accessories are powered by these wires, from phone cords to Ethernet cables. Like copper wire, aluminum wire is a powerful conductor, and well-suited for transferring information across data networks. It can be found in coaxial cords like the ones that plug into your TV and modem, as well as power cords and phone cables. In some cases, aluminum and copper wires are even combined to make an affordable, highly conductive alloy that is commonplace in communications technology.

Arts and Crafts

You don’t have to know much about electrical conductivity or blended alloys to appreciate a good aluminum wire—you just have to be an art lover. This type of wire is cheap, flexible, strong and available in a variety of thicknesses, making it ideal for use as armature wire in sculpting. An armature is like a sculpture’s skeleton—before the artist ever picks up a lump of clay, he bends, twists and solders aluminum to create an armature in the approximate shape and size of his future sculpture.

With the aluminum wire armature in place, he can begin applying clay and sculpting, shaping it around the wire. The wire, then, serves as a backbone that holds the clay in place and gives it structural security. Artists use armatures because without them, the clay could easily crack or break under its own weight, fall apart or even explode during the baking process. Even after the clay has been fired in a kiln and hardened, a wire armature gives it increased strength, like rebar inside concrete.

To learn more about these and other uses for aluminum wiring, contact Arcor Electronics.