Artistic Wire - 18ga Round Wire - Copper (Spool)
Artistic Wire Flexible, Bendable, Shapeable
Artistic™ brand is a round, copper-cored wire that is easy to bend and manipulate, and comes in a wide range of colours and gauges. The colours are vibrant and permanent - being a polyurethane coating. Do not solder Artistic™ wire.
Artistic Wire is being repackaged - but it's still the same stuff, so forgive me if I don't re-photograph it!
The new packaging for the smaller gauges also functions as a dispenser pack - pop the packaging open, find the end of the wire and feed it out through the hole on the back, and then close the package back up.
With the bigger spool, use the hanging loop to catch the end of the wire so that it doesn't unspool on you.
Artistic brand wire comes in two types, a permanent-coloured copper-core wire, and a silver-plated coloured copper wire. Soft and flexible, this wire bends easily, retains it's shape, and is attractive and non-tarnishing. You can do a lot with this wire from making bracelets to making your own clasps. When discussing gauge, lower numbers are a thicker wire, 20 gauge is thicker than 26. See chart at below.
We emailed the folks at Artistic Wire to find out what their wire is made of. Here is their reply.
All of our wire (except the Non-Tarnish Brass) is copper-based. In the case of the silver colors, the copper is first covered in silver then the polyurethane colored coating is applied over the silver. It is the silver coat that makes the colors so brilliant. In the case of the Non-Tarnish Silver, we put clear polyurethane over the silver-covered copper. The polyurethane protects the silver from oxygen and makes it non-tarnishing. Also, it is because of the silver and the process of plating the copper is the reason why it is more expensive. This actually doubles the cost of the wire.
You can take a flame (match or lighter) to our wire and burn off the polyurethane then wipe clean and see the silver plating. Thank you for taking the time to ask!