You may still need a finer gauge wire. Finer sterling silver round wire ranges from 28- to 34-gauge in half-hard temper, which has just enough spring to help you form the loop and the wrap, yet remains flexible enough to reshape as you go, if necessary. (Full-hard wire would make it challenging to reshape the wire once you begin forming the loop and is therefore not recommended for this application.) Even though sterling silver doesn't match the gold-filled chain you have selected, bi-color or bi-metal designs are very fashionable and using both colors in your design will complement the tourmaline briolettes nicely.
Zebra Wire™ has the finer 28- and 30-gauges in a variety of colors which would complement the gold-filled chain, and Wrapit® wire has 28-gauge, dead-soft in two colors: nickel silver and jeweler's bronze. Each of these brands of wire are softer to work with so the loops will form easily, and by working the wire you will temper it enough that the shapes you form will hold.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador
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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