Thickness: 16 gauge or 1.25mm (wire thickness, covering adds more)
Length: Available in 5m or 27m rolls
16g wire is heavier than you need in everyday millinery. We use it for making structures like headbands (bandeau) where 19g wire is not strong enough. Covered millinery wire is useful because the covering holds thread in place. When we sew a wire on an edge it stays in place rather than moving around. Cotton covered wire doesn’t have a particularly professional looking finish, so it is usually covered with something else when making a hat. Tulle, braid, ribbon and similar are frequently used for this purpose. Rayon covered wire, on the other hand, is a lot more presentable and can also be coloured with markers to blend in more with hair or a headpiece.