I'm looking for some aluminum wire that lays in between the 1.25mm and the 1.6mm, I get from Kinetic Armatures. The gap between the two is simply too big. For my use, the 1.25 is too soft and the 1.6 way too stiff. Something around 1.3 - 1.4. I found some 1.5mm
It'll arrive shortly. But it's this kind of craft wire that comes in all sorts of color, and I expect it to be quite brittle on the surface. So if anyone knows a supplier of armature wire that carries this kind of dimensions, I would be most grateful.
I reached out to Edu Puertas, but he's not going to expand the inventory at this moment, but he'll keep it in mind.
ø 0,56 mm, 165g ( approx 251 mtrs)
ø 1 mm, 165g ( approx 78 mtrs)
ø 1,25 mm, 165g ( approx 50 mtrs)
ø 1,6 mm, 165g ( approx 30 mtrs)
ø 2 mm, 165g ( approx 19 mtrs)
ø 3,25 mm, 165g ( approx 7 mtrs)
I got some Benecreate aluminium wire that was not coloured, and it turned out to be a nice soft annealed wire, good for armatures. But i didn't order any of the coloured wire, for the same reason, I suspected it would not be suitable. I think I got 12 gauge, which is roughly 2 mm.
I know, a small difference in the wire diameter makes it feel different. I have some "3mm" that measures 2.9mm and some that is 3.1mm, and for most 12" puppets the thinner one is best. the extra 0.2mm makes a big difference. Some of it is probably made to be 1/8th inch, rounded off to 3mm as the equivalent.
I just checked a supplier in the USA, Whimsie, but when I click my link to the soft round aluminium wire, there is a message saying that they are sold out of craft wire. There is no longer anything showing the sizes they used to stock.
Flints Theatrical Chandlers in the UK has 1.5mm wire. https://shop.flints.co.uk/Products/pg_round_aluminium_armatu
This is the Amazon Australia page where I got my roll of Benecreate wire: https://www.amazon.com.au/BENECREAT-Aluminum-Anodized-Jewelry-Beadi...
I got the12 gauge plain silver. It says it is soft, but it does not call it armature wire, so I couldn't be sure what I would get. But it is good! There is a 15 gauge listed, which they say is 1.5mm, and a 17 gauge which is supposed to be 1.2mm. That means 16 gauge should be in between, around 1.3 to 1.4mm, but I don't think you can believe their metric sizes. Another brand has 16 gauge, which is also said to be 1.2mm: https://www.amazon.com.au/PH-PandaHall-Anodized-Aluminum-Gainsboro/...
I hope you're right, just found a gauge to mm conversion table and it says gauge 15 equals 1.8mm. and not 1.5mm as stated on the product. But it also says;
These dimensions vary slightly between different materials such as stainless steel and aluminum - but should be accurate enough for most everyday purposes.
About the Benecreate I also bought the "silver" version, hoping it's not been treated or whatever anodized means. It should arrive tomorrow, so we'll know soon enough.
LOL - According to Wikipedia there's six different gauge scales
Ok, of course there are. I hate measurements in "gauges! And all those specialised measuring systems that only apply to one particular trade or material, and are not even the same in different countries. Metric is so much easier and consistent. Hope the wire turns out to be the right sort!
1.48 mm according to my cheap digital caliper. It's a very shiny silver like tread compared to the ones from kinetic armatures witch have a dull almost lead like appearance. I'm afraid it's somewhat brittle compared.
The search goes on... I want to try a 1.3 and a 1.4 maybe some jewel tool to reduce the thickness of the wire is the solution.