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Subject: Beading question
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 4:42 AM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
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I am learning to bead, and I am working with wire.  I am starting to turn out some really nice jewelry and have learned how to finish off the clasps nicely and securely.  The problem I am having is that the finished jewelry is twisting.  The jewelry looks fine when it is worn, but when it doesn't have that support it doesn't hang properly. 

I was wondering if I should be using a different gauge of wire.  Mostly I have been using 28, but tonight I got some 33 gauge on a whim to see what I might like to use it for, and I seem to have the same problem.  Would a heavier gauge work better, perhaps a 24?  Perhaps the wire I am using isn't a good quality?  Craft supplies are a little scarce around here, so perhaps I need to order some...Any ideas what the problem is?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 11/29/2005
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I would think that a heavier gage wire would help. I use 22 all the time.  It holds its shape, will still get in through the bead and is easy to work with. I use sterling or gold filled wire but I would think all types of wire would act similar. Hope that helps. :)

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 11:50 AM ET
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Thank you!  I was thinking that probably the wire needed to be a bit heavier.  I will give it a try!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 12:26 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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I agree with Collette about trying a heavier gauge.  I generally use 20 or even 18 gauge.