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Daily Wire Tip: Wire Wrapping with Coated Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
Thanks for all the great projects and tips you’ve given us, Dale. My question is regarding coated wire. When I’ve twisted it for some projects, I’ve had the coating flake, which then causes a problem because the color comes off, too. What am I doing wrong?
-Dorothy in Lowville, New York
Hi Dorothy, the simple answer is: not all color coated wire is made using the same process. We carry two kinds of color coated wire, Enameled Craft Wire and Silver Plated Craft Wire (brighter and shinier due to the thin layer of fine silver). Both pages will tell you how the colored copper wire we carry is made, and some suggestions for using it! Some manufacturers may use a different process to make their colored wire, resulting in varying qualities.
If you are working and are hesitant to make a bend or a specific move, you are more likely to scratch or nick the wire. Try using confident, definitive tool moves and maybe nylon-coated pliers until you are comfortable with the techniques you are using.
As far as twisting it, I have had no problems with the square colored wire from Wire-Sculpture. Maybe you are twisting it too tightly, or perhaps you bought it elsewhere and it is not made in the same manner. The only time I have had the color come off is occasionally at the very end of a wire I have worked quite a bit, and then I am going to trim and tuck it anyhow, so it doesn’t show.
I’m interested to hear from our readers – leave a comment below and tell me what your experience has been with colored wire!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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