People have different names for this hard yet very pliable wire that can serve many purposes. Manufactured as Millinery Wire this wire is made in various gauges (diameters), in black and white. We are stocking only three sizes at this time, #16 gauge, #19 gauge and #21 gauge. The #16 gauge hat wire is heavier and the #21 is finer, with #19 being the middle gauge.
It takes some practice to get hat wire, doing what you want it to do. As the hat wire comes coiled in a roll it is best to work "with" the existing curve as much as possible.I asked a milliner with over 30 years experience to give me her opinion of this hat wire and she said it has exactly the quality she looks for: "hard yet pliable".