Shaping Wire Conversion Table
Wires sizes are typically expressed in gauge, while most other measurements in the beading world are in millimeters and inches. The below table can be used as a quick reference to convert gauges to millimeters and inches.
Stringing Wire Sizes and Crimp Compatibility
Use the table below to find the correct crimp tube # and crimp bead # for the wire size that you are using. The crimp #'s take into account that 2 lengths of wire will go through the crimp.
|Stringing Wire [in/mm]||Crimp Bead #||Crimp Tube #|
|.010 / .25||0 or 1||1|
|.012 / .30||0 or 1||1|
|.013 / .33||0 or 1||1 or 2|
|.015 / .018||1||2|
|.018 / .46||1||2|
|.021 / .53||1||2|
|.024 / .61||2 or 3||2 or 3|
Round Beads Per Strand Calculation
|Strand Length [in]||Strand Length [mm]|
This calculation will work for all round bead sizes. Please keep in mind that sometimes beads are slightly larger or smaller than the size stated, therefore, the calculation will not be exact, but it will give you close estimate.