For low-tarnish options, you have three options. Color-coated copper wire is a good option if you want to add color to the design. The color coating protects the surface of the wire from tarnishing agents; depending on the use, it can wear off over time.
Gold-filled wire takes advantage of the tarnish resistant qualities of gold, at a more affordable price than pure gold.
Sterling silver Argentium™ wire is a special alloy of sterling silver that is resistant to tarnishing.
For your application, the recommended wire hardness is half-hard as it will hold whatever shape you give it. Most Swarovski crystals will fit on 22-gauge wire. If you add other beads to your current design, be sure to check the ''How big are the bead holes?'' chart to get an idea of what stringing material will best suit the beads.
Choose from any of these half-hard, 22-gauge wires for your jewelry design.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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