Wire Cutters & Wire: A Guide To Proper Selection

Xuron Corp.'s Model 9100F cuts and holds wire preventing fly away wires

When making jewelry with wire it’s important to understand the differences in composition, size and hardness of the wire, as this will dictate the type of wire cutters you will need to use.  

Our friends at Halstead ™ recently published a blog article offering excellent guidance and instruction on wire gauges and wire tempers (hardness).  This should be recommended reading for any beginner jewelry artist!  

Now that you’ve read the Halstead™ blog and know everything about wire, it’s time to select the best Xuron® Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter for your project. In the world of wire and wire cutters, there is no ‘one size fits all’ and this is why we offer multiple options to cover the entire spectrum of wire you’ll be working with be it soft, half hard, or hard. It’s especially important to remember to never cut hard wire (like memory wire) with a sharp edged flush cutter. The wire is harder than the edges of the cutter and will leave perfectly shaped half-moon dents in each blade.

This reference chart offers an easy way to find the correct Xuron® Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter for multiple types and sizes of wire:

Xuron® Jewelry Tool Chart matches wire cutters with wire types and sizes

More resources and tips for making jewelry using wire, and jewelry making in general, can be found at Allfreejewelrymaking.com and Jewelry Making Daily.  

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Abby Robey

I am the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Xuron Corporation. I've had the pleasure of working here for 25 years and one of my favorite parts of the job is meeting Xuron® tool users and hearing the feedback about the products we make.


  1. Gail Valentim says

    Hi I am new at beading … I just bought a xuron micro shear flush cutter #410 and wanted to know if it is okay to cut Beadalon 7 strand wire 0.12″ 0.33mm
    Which one do I need please help…Thank you so much
    Ps any other recommendations would be very appreciates…

    • Abby Robey says

      Good Morning Gail,
      Thank you for your question and thank you for purchasing our Model 410 Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter! This is the perfect tool for cutting flexible stranded bead wire (7 strand) — Beadalon brand and others. It can also cut soft bead/craft wire up to 18 AWG.
      Feel free to contact us at, sales@xuron.com, if you have additional questions or need guidance. We’re happy to help. Thank you!

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