About my Art Supplies & where I obtain them

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Hopefully this information will be helpful to you, if you are just starting out in the Wire Sculpture venture.

The column "Location", is where I obtain them locally, so it will not be useful to you.  Other Wires come from recycled places, such as salvage yards, scrap yards, etc., where I get Wire from small motors out of appliances or electronic equipment, or it is in a separate location that has been sorted (which saves you time from searching) in the salvage yard, so I cruise to it and rummage through what is available.   In a salvage yard, the Wires that are coated are quite a bit cheaper per pound, than raw Wire, so keep that in mind.  I use very small gauged wires.   Generally 19 gauge to 32 gauge and sometimes finer wires.   I find it very difficult to come across brass.

I compare prices as you can see by my Wire List below, and it gives me a good resource listing to go by when I get low on supplies.   At the end of this list are some locations (name, address, phone # and/or website) where I obtain supplies, some are local and would not be useful to all interested parties.

 
Wire Type Gauge Price Feet Location Comments ( wire no's. & manufacturers )
Copper   18 $2.99  25 Ace  
Copper   18 $2.69  25 Friedman's N264-747/V2570  (National Mfg. Co.)
Copper   18 $2.29  25 Yardbirds 122004 (Hillman)
Galvanized   18 $2.19  50 Yardbirds 122008 (Hillman)
Galvanized   18 $3.49 110 Ace  
Galvanized   18 $3.29 110 Friedman's N264-762/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   18 $3.39 110 Yardbirds 122036 (Hillman)
Aluminum   18 $2.19  50 Friedman's N264-697/V2566 (National Mfg. Co.)
Aluminum   18 $  50 Ace  
Dark Annealed   19 $1.79  50 Ace Too soft for body
Dark Annealed   19 ?  50 Friedman's N264-713/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Dark Annealed   19 $0.99  50 Yardbirds 122120 (Hillman)
Dark Annealed   19 $1.59  50 Yardbirds 122016 (Hillman)
Dark Annealed   19 $1.60  50 Bataeff  
Galvanized   19 $1.69  50 Ace 39519 (Anchor Wire)
Galvanized   19 $1.59  50 Friedman's N264-770/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   19 $1.49  50 Yardbirds 122012 (Hillman)
Stainless   19 $3.49  30 Ace  
Stainless   19 $3.39  30 Friedman's N264-705/V2567 (National Mfg. Co.)
Copper   20 $3.99  50 Ace  
Copper   20 $6.49  50 Ace  
Galvanized   20 $1.69  75 Ace  
Galvanized   20 $2.99 175 Ace  
Galvanized   20 $2.99 175 Bataeff  
Galvanized   20 $2.98 175 Friedman's N264-788/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   20 $2.99 175 Yardbirds 122040 (Hillman)
Solid Brass   22 $5.99  75 Ace  
Galvanized   22 $1.79 100 Ace  
Galvanized   22 $1.72 100 Friedman's N264-796/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   22 $1.69 100 Yardbirds 122020 (Hillman)
Green   22 $1.49 1/4lb Michaels 343202 floral wire
Silver   22 $2.99 230 Michaels 6277 (Fibre-Craft)
Copper   24 $3.89 100 Friedman's N264-754/V2570 (National Mfg. Co.)
Copper   24 $4.29 100 Ace  
Solid Brass   24 $5.79 100 Ace  
Galvanized   24 $1.69 100 Ace  
Galvanized   24 $4.60 250 Bataeff  
Galvanized   24 $4.69 250 Friedman's N264-804/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   24 $4.59 250 Yardbirds 122044 (Hillman)
Copper   24 $3.39 100 Yardbirds 122024 (Hillman)
Green   24 $2.29 100 National N264-820/V2570  (National Mfg. Co.)
Green   24 $2.49 100 Ace enameled green (31015)
Brown   24 $1.49  40 Beverly's 1565-09 (Cousin)
Green   24 $1.49  40 Beverly's 1565-06 (Bits & Pieces)
Green   24 $1.49 1/4lb Michaels 343251 floral wire
White   24 $1.49  40 Michaels G034 / 889-NE-005 / Westrim
Black   24 $1.49  40 Michaels G035 / 889-NE-002 / Westrim
Galvanized   26 $1.00   ? Beverly's 1/4 lb ( bar code 93432 53260 )
Stainless   26 $1.99 120 Beverly's 3958-66  (Darice) silver
Green   26 $1.49   ? Beverly's 1/4 lb ( bar code 93432 52260 )
Lt. Blue   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-10 (Darice)
Red   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-07 (Darice)
Red   26 $1.49  72 Jo-Ann's 3204-07 (Darice)
Lilac   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-08 (Darice)
Dark Purple   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-09 (Darice)
Dark Purple   26 $1.49  72 Jo-Ann's 3204-09 (Darice)
Blue   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-11 (Darice)
Royal   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-12 (Darice)
Orange   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-15 (Darice)
Pink   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-16 (Darice)
Yellow   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-17 (Darice)
White   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-06 (Darice)
White   26 $1.49  72 Jo-Ann's 3204-06 (Darice)
Gold   26 $2.29 270 Michaels 6390 floral wire
Green   26 $1.49 1/4lb Michaels 343327 floral wire
Silver   26 $1.49 1/4lb Michaels 343319 floral wire
Fushia   26 $1.49  72 Beverly's 3204-13 (Darice)
Dark Annealed   28 $1.59 100 Bataeff  
Dark Annealed   28 $1.60 100 Friedman's N264-721/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Dark Annealed   28 $1.79  50 Ace -35285
Solid Brass   28 $2.69 75 Ace  
Solid Brass   28 $1.99  75 Bataeff 122032 (Hillman)
Solid Brass   28 $2.29  75 Friedman's N264-739/V2569 (National Mfg. Co.)
Solid Brass   28 $1.99  75 Yardbirds 122032 (Hillman)
Galvanized   28 $1.69 100 Ace  
Galvanized   28 $1.60 100 Bataeff  
Galvanized   28 $1.59 100 Friedman's N264-812/V2568 (National Mfg. Co.)
Galvanized   28 $1.59 100 Yardbirds 122028 (Hillman)
Gold   28 $2.99 120 Ben Franklin 2495-212 (The Beadery)
Green   28 $2.99 120 Ben Franklin 2495-213 (The Beadery)
Black   28 $2.99 120 Ben Franklin 2495-210 (The Beadery)
Silver   28 $2.99 120 Ben Franklin 2495-218 (The Beadery)
Silver   30 $1.49 1/4lb Michaels 343301 floral wire
Galvanized   32 $1.49  72 Ben Franklin 1568-02 (silver)
White   32 $1.29  30 Michaels 9933 (Fibre-Craft)  cloth wire
Gold   34 $0.99  72 Beverly's 32026-4 (Darice)
Gold   34 $0.99  72 Jo-Ann's  
Silver   34 $0.99  72 Jo-Ann's  
         
           
Beverly's, Santa Rosa, Ca, 707.521.2196

Michaels, Santa Rosa, Ca, 707.591.9382

Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, Santa Rosa, Ca, 707.523.3131

Hillman, 10590 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45231  800.800.4900 (local, Yardbirds & Bataeff)

National Mfg. Co. catalog, pages 16 & 17   (local, Friedmans)

ELCO Galv, (28g-100'-#335028), Textron Logistics Co., Inc., Rockford, Il 61109  (Ace)

Anchor Wire, Goodlettsville, Tn 37072  (Ace, too soft for bodies)

Darice, Inc., Strongsville OH 44149, www.darice.com  (this great 26 gauge wire is now down to about 2 or 3 colors from about a dozen unfortunately)

Cousin Corp. of America, Largo, FL 33779 (wholesale only)

Enterprise Art, PO Box 2918,  Largo, FL 33779 www.enterpriseart.com

The Beadery Craft Products, Hope Valley, RI 02832

Fibre-Craft Materials Corp., Niles, Il 60714, www.fibrecraft.com

Westrim Crafts, Van Nuys, CA 91406   (Michaels)  www.westrimcrafts.com

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