Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire Review
review written by Paula S. Morgan
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Read what others are saying about Fire Mountain's Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire. Paula S. Morgan of about.com reviewed our Accu-Flex® product. As she discovered, not only is there a difference among beading wires, the choice of wire should be based on the weight of the jewelry piece and expected wear. In all cases, Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire is a clear winner!
Paula said, "I used to wonder if the wire I used in stringing necklaces and bracelets really mattered. I mean, there are so many out there, what could be the difference? Well, after a few trials and errors, I've learned a thing or two about the quality of wire and the need to use the best."
Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire comes in different "weights" which is a combination of the diameter of the wire used and the strand count - the more strands that make up the wire, the stronger the wire. The larger the diameter of the wire, the more weight it can hold. Paula states: "Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire - Platinum Quality is made up of many tiny strands of wire. It consists of seven strands of seven wires per strand, giving the Accu-Flex® Platinum Quality Beading Wire a total 49 individual strands of wire, twisted together and coated with either clear or beautifully colored plastic. This creates a tough and resilient wire with the beautiful drape and "hand" one usually finds in pieces strung on silk!"
Paula added, "Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire is also available in "Silver Quality", which is made up of 3 strands of seven wire bundles. This is great wire for any very lightweight pieces or those items that do not get much wear. The "hand" on the Silver Quality wire is a bit stiffer but it is still very nice wire."
Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire is easy to use and comes in a variety of colors for all your beading needs. "Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire does not kink easily and has survived a few 'damage tests' I conducted, including melting, sanding and twisting. While I do not have an actual laboratory in which to determine the difference between Accu-Flex® and other wires on the market, I can say that it does seem to hold up very well to heavy beads, heavy wear, water, soap and other daily abuse. It takes a crimp well and looks lovely, The colors stay clean and lovely and the pricing for the product is excellent."
So what's the bottom line? Paula raved about Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire. "My vote for "Best All Around Wire" would be the 49 strand .019 diameter clear coated wire, as this is a good all-purpose size wire for most stringing needs. Next on my list would be the 49 strand .014 diameter clear coated Accu-Flex®, as this is terrific for lightweight materials such as pearls and gemstone beads. The high wire count is great, as gems can be abrasive and the more wires present in the strand, the better the wire will hold up to abrasion."
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"Of course, I must have some 49 strand .024 diameter Accu-Flex® on hand, too, since I like to work with big beads occasionally and this wire is the best, by far, for heavy beads that may have rough hole edges."
Make sure to have all the colors on hand! Accu-Flex® comes in a cornucopia of colors. Choose from slate blue, light blue, green, olive green, red, black, white or clear. "These three wires are the three for me - but I would add colors such as blue, green, red and olive to this basic collection, just for the fun of it and would keep a spool of black on hand as well."
Choose your spool size. For very large projects, choose the money-saving 1,000-foot spool (clear only). For every-day use, purchase the convenient 100-foot spool. Fill out the line with the 30-foot spools to add variety and color-coordination to each and every work of art.
Paula is convinced: Accu-flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire is the best. Shouldn't you be using it, too, for all your artistic creations? Think soft, flexible, knottable. Think Accu-Flex®! After all, you deserve the best.
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