Okay, I'm rambling.... What I wanted to share today is that I love to explore when I'm in hardware stores both big and small. A new Lowes was built near us just a year ago, so I have many opportunities to check out the isles and see what catches my eye. A year or so ago, this is what caught my eye
To electricians, this is the various types of wire that they need for different jobs. For me, this is a gigantic selection of bare copper wires with every gauge imaginable. I love this thing.... The people working there often think I'm nuts when I want to look inside to see what gauges might be in there. Note: I tried to get the best picture I could. I started to get a little concerned about security cameras and them thinking I'm staking out the copper!!! hahaha! I would have had some explaining to do ;o)
When I'm exploring, I don't usually get more than 5' for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I might not use that thickness often and two is that I like to compare my finds with copper wire that the gauge has already been set for. If you look closely, you might be able to see that that are different gauges in this one large coated wire. All that you need to do is lay the wire on a cutting board and cut through to the coating. Mostly it takes a six inch cut to pull off over a foot.
And here you see many strands of 16 gauge wire.
This last time, I came home with a bunch of 20 gauge and 18 gauge wire all wrapped up together. I don't have a spool to roll these up neatly (I'll be looking for something I can use while perusing garage sales).
As you can see, when I added these to my liver of sulfur mix, they darkened quite nicely.
And, here they are being put to good use..... I've created a bunch of jump rings and a standard clasp which is still my favorite clasp to use.
So, why do I go through all this when I could simply purchase it online?
I can control quanities without changing price.
I know I'm getting real copper every time.
It's almost like making my own wire.
And, yes, the cost is a little less than most online shops that I've compared this to. This last time, my copper wire was about 13 cents a foot. I did find some online for the same cost, but when I added in the shipping, it was about a five cent savings per foot.
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