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Zebra Wire™ - Colored Zebra Wire is a copper wire designed for fashion jewelry, crafts and home décor projects. Colored Zebra Wire is made by electroplating a copper wire core, spraying the copper with a vibrant enamel coating, and applying a protective lacquer. This coating process is repeated seven times to produce a strong, glossy, non-tarnish finish. Both flexible and durable, Zebra Wire is tempered dead-soft. It can be bent into shapes, wraps well and can be woven. It will stay wrapped and will hold its shape similar to sterling silver dead-soft wire.

To maintain the integrity of the non-tarnish coating, the use of covered pliers and or nylon jaw pliers is recommended when working with colored Zebra Wire. Use a polishing cloth, such as Moonshine® cloth, to bring back luster that might have been lost.

The metallic colors of gold, silver and natural Zebra Wire are not enameled. Gold color is made of raw brass; silver color is copper with a silver finish; natural is made of raw copper--all metallic colors are protected with a clear, anti-tarnish coating.

Zebra Wire colors include black, brown, green, magenta, red, sapphire, natural copper, silver and gold. Gauges available are 20, 18, 16, 14 and 12 on spools in 3- to 215-yard lengths.

Zebra Wire is an inexpensive alternative to braided stainless steel beading wire.

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Zinc - Zinc is a pure metallic element, listed on the periodic table as Zn, which is commonly used in metal jewelry components. Zinc is found in alloys such as brass (a mix of copper and zinc) or used as an anti-corrosion coating over other metals. The process of using zinc as an anti-corrosion coating over iron or steel is called "galvanization."

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Zodiac - Originally a term from ancient Greek astronomy, "zodiac" described the constellations which are on the path the sun takes across the sky over the course of a solar year. Those constellations were each eventually assigned to one of 12 months, forming the western zodiac popularly known today. The word has also been used to refer to the Chinese zodiac, which uses animal symbols in a cycle of 12 years (instead of 12 months).

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