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Daily Wire Tip May 10: Fabric Covered Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 10, 2010
I have been unable to locate a fabric type covered stiff wire in bright colors that holds its shape. I want to make necklaces with only a few beads. I have tried regular wire and it will not hold its shape. Any ideas?
Interesting question. As I am not a beader, I asked a few friends who are for help. No one knows of such a product, and their only advice is to use memory wire made for necklaces, which will keep its round shape. I thought about it and here is an experiment for you: Try using a full hard round wire, which would have to be about a 16 gauge to hold its shape with the weight of beads on it, soak a fabric strip in epoxy and wrap it very tightly around the wire, then let it dry thoroughly. Shape the wire and add the beads – then send me a picture so I can share it with others, and credit you for the technique!
The only other idea we came up with would be to use cloth covered electrical wire. Hummm.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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