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Old 07-13-2005, 08:12 PM
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Where to get 24K gold wire for inlays?

Hey Forum:

I am a full time jeweler, and I've recently started to try inlaying gold into some practice plates. I started by using some homemade 14KY (annealed) wires, but the get such a temper to them so quickly, I'd like to try 24K. Now I am having a harder than expected time trying to get 24K gold wires for inlays. I normally use Stuller out of Lafayette, LA for all of my general small quantities of stock, but today they did not have 24K x 24 ga. wire on hand. It's the first time I've ever ordered pure gold wire, so I was amazed that they did not have it in stock. I also checked on-line with Hoover & Strong (, and it seems you have to order a huge amount to get them to ship out.

Who can offer some assistance for this? Should I also get a selection of 18K various colors, and 22KY for variations in colors?

Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions.


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Old 07-13-2005, 08:25 PM
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If you draw out your 14k why don't you draw out some 24k. If you have a ingot mold you can use 24k casting gain make an ingot and draw it out. 30ga and finer is a little tough because its so fine and soft its hard to grip without crushing. You may want to try United Precious Metals in New York. I can give you the number send me an Email.
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:18 PM
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Hey Mark.
If what you are wanting to do is practice, I would suggest using copper wire. when annealed it acts just like 24k yellow and is available for nothing. just pull it out of some electrical and speaker wires.

I normally get my 24k wire from Rio Grande, they my not be the cheapest but they will turn it around real quick for you.
Lets see some of your inlay results.


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Old 07-14-2005, 12:17 AM
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You're handicapping yourself by working with the lower karat gold.
For practice, I'd go with Darren's suggestion on copper wire.
With gold, stay with 24 or 22 k. and order it "dead soft"

I order from Hoover & Strong, and yes they have a 5 foot min. order, but you'd be surprised how fast that gets used up.
From what I know, H&S is the source for all of the other suppliers.
The nice thing is that you can combine different gauges to fit that quota.
For me, ordering different sizes saves time rather than drawing down wire.
Should I need an in-between size, then I go to the drawplate.

I never bother with trying to figure out the cost/calculations.
Tell them what you want, and how you want it annealed.

My last order of 20ga, 22ga, and 24ga 5' gold wire, and 5' of fine silver wire
[which arrived this week] totaled $165., so it's not that expensive.
According to the invoice, 2 feet of 24ga dead soft 24kt gold wire cost $35.91 at present market price.

When you get to the point where you want to incorporate gold in your work,
I'd be happy to include your order with mine if you just need a small quantity of wire.


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Old 07-14-2005, 06:06 AM
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You will find that Ray Viramontez at 601 Sringfield road Albany, GA 31707 ((229)432-9683) email has wire from .011 to .0395 and sheet from 30 to 19 gauge. Ray is a real nice guy and one of the worlds finest gun engravers. Fred

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Old 07-14-2005, 08:18 AM
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i must agree with fred i buy all of my 24k gold from ray i have been dealing with ray for years when i order i usually get 40 thousands round and 5 to 50 feet at a time .. ron

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Old 08-10-2016, 01:18 AM
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I know that this is an old thread, but here goes.

I am looking for a source for silver inlay wire. The few places I've found are either out of business or don't carry the right stuff.

I am a gross beginner and have absolutely no idea what I am doing other than I watched a few videos and made my tools. So any help you are willing to toss my way would be wonderful!

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