Afraid to Waste Wire! Help!

by Linda
(Sherman, Tx)

I've made name necklaces and bracelets, but i'm afraid to make anything else with wire. I don't want to waste any!


I'm a scrooge when it comes to money! I've been using round copper wire you get from the hardware store. I have half round, square and round 21 gauge wires to start with and some round brass wire, but I think it is about 18 gauge.

Help, I'm stuck!
Any help will be appreciated!
Linda

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Help- Wasting Wire
by: Wirelicious Jewellery

I know exactly what you mean but a really good investment is Tool Majic.

You dip your tools etc. in it and it leaves a rubber type coating. When it gets worn you just peel it off.

I swear by it in the UK it is £6.00 on Ebay but lasts ages, I think its cheaper in the USA.

Any mistakes you make with your wire can normally be rectified or covered up as another person said.

If not snip it off and save, you never know when the little piece may come in handy.

I have a box of little bits and big bits and I have used all mine up now.

They say the only way you learn is by making mistakes, we all do it.

Chin up and enjoy your jewelery making.


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afraid to waste wire help
by: Linda

Thank you all for all the information you have given me. I'm sold on parawire. I do have some silver now, but use it sparingly, and only when a customer wants just that. I wish It came in half hard too. It only comes in full soft, and that limits what I can do with it. I do have the wire wacker, or whatever it is called and use it, it does harden it a little. I've hammered the wire directly, without much better results, just unwanted marks on the wire.
If Christine can, I would like her to stop sending me any more information on that catigory.
Thanks, Linda

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afraid to waste wire Help
by: Linda

I've ordered the gold and silver with the stirling silver coating on it, the pictures look good, I will let you know how they really look. I wanted them to look more like the real thing. I will have some really nice pieces that are affordable to some of the people who other wise wouldn't be able to afford gold.
Has anyone else had experence with the silver coated ones?

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afraid to waste wire help
by: Linda

I've tried the parawire, it's great. It doesn't come in half hard though like I like it though. Some of it only comes in round, that's going into the colored ones, like blue and orange. Some of them are silver coated, and give a wonderful sheen to them, I do like the results. They have other things to offer for sale that is worth looking up, look up parawire.com. Thanks for the help with that. I learned on it, so now I can confidently make them in silver or gold.

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afraid to waste wire! Help!
by: Linda

Thank you for your tips on parawire. I have tested it to be sure it would hold up, and made a bracelet. It has been pulled out of shape many times by beautiful grandbabies, and taken in the shower, worn 24/7 for the last 3 months, and it didn't turn green or my wrist either. The wire can easily be bent back into shape,and is showing no signs of being brittle from over working it.
I recomend it. I also have seen no scarring, but I only bought the silver, the round, 1/2 round and the square, I'm happy with it.

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afraid to waste wire! Help!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for all the help you all have given me, It will go to good use!
Linda

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Spirals
by: Anonymous

I save all my wire scraps. Some of them I use to make small spirals or coils that can be used on other pieces of jewelry. Longer ones are sometimes the right size to use as a wrap around an ear wire or anything else that needs a wrap around it. I recycle everything. I also watch for flyers for when my local hobby store is having a sale, this way I can get the wire i need or want.

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Afraid to Waste Wire! Help!
by: Linda

Thank you for the help, the parwire is something that I am interested in. I can use that instead of the copper, wich I can sell, to experiment with.
The paperclip tip was a good one too!
Thanks to all of you, Linda

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Afraid to Waste Wire! Help!
by: Linda

Thank you for the help, the parwire is something that I am interested in. I can use that instead of the copper, wich I can sell, to experiment with.
The paperclip tip was a good one too!
Thanks to all of you, Linda

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inexpensive wire to make hook clasps etc
by: A;oce

You can purchase a box of paper clips in a dollar store or walmart quite insexpensively.In the dollar store its only 1 dollar..I make hook clasps and eye pins and jump rings etc with them.The wire is alreay hard and keeps is shape well.

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Re: Afraiid to Waste Wire
by: Gail

You could buy Parawire - it is sometimes called jewelers wire. parawire.com
I don't remember the cost, but you get a lot of feet around 49 feet???? for around $6.00 or $7.00 a spool. They have it in square wire, round wire, 1/2 round wire, different guages and soft or 1/2 hard.
It looks like the real thing and is easy to work with. Since the Sterling Silver has risen in price, I think I will use Parawire for my Cabochons and Sterling Silver for my Gemstones. I am a real Scrooge when it comes to the special wire.
Yes, it scaares me when I use my Argentium Sterling Silver. Yes, I do make mistakes, but, if creative you can hide some of the mistakes. You just made a new pattern.
I hoped this helped.
Gail
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http://www.customgembeadboardsandmore.com

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What to make with left over wire.
by: Alice

Well if you have a short piece of wire left,make a jump ring or an eye pin. Thats what i do with left over wire if its at least 1 or 2 inches!

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wasting wire
by: Linda

I would like to add to that, I would like to make silver products, but being a scrooge (bad thing this close to Christmas, but it's only for wire) I would like to start with silver, but am afraid of making mistakes and THAT is what I'm afraid of wasting!
Linda

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