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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 1: Wire for a Versatile Beaded Necklace
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 1, 2011
I would like to use a strong wire, not too heavy to make a beaded necklace that you could twist into the shape you want. Every time I twist the wire I use now it breaks. Is there some wire that won’t break if you twist it several times?
-Cami in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Well Cami, when you describe the desired project as being able "to twist into the shape you want," do you mean that the customer will be able to shape the piece as they desire, or as you the creator being able to bend it as you go? Also, you didn’t specify the gauge, temper or metal of wire you are having challenges with, so I have to give you a generalized answer.
If your wire is half or full hard, twisting it will make it more brittle; then add bending and the possible weight of beads and it will break. Most wire will be more forgiving if you begin with dead soft. Perhaps you can plan your design so you will twist only certain areas of the wire and those places where you know you will be doing a lot of manipulation, you don’t twist?
Personally, I have found that gold-filled wire is incredibly pliable and it will hold up to a good deal of abuse while working out a design. Yes I know it is expensive, but you did ask! Maybe some of our fellow wire artists have a different "twist" on this subject?
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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