Fun with French Wire

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by Leslie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

Have you been searching for the perfect way to finish off your beaded jewelry for a beautiful and professional look? Whether you were actively seeking or not, works of beaded art will no doubt benefit from the incorporation of French wire, also known as bullion.

Perfect for junctions of beading wire, clasps and any other possible attachment point, this tightly coiled wire forms attractive, flexible tubes. Versatile French wire can be used to add unique junctures as well as provide protection for stringing materials against abrasion.
French Wire

Fun with French Wire When thread is too fine to use crimp beads and tubes, French wire comes to the rescue. Perhaps you'd just like another option for finishing pieces in a fluid and professional manner; French wire is your solution. Follow easy illustrated instructions on ''How to Use French Wire with Thread'' or view two how-to videos on ''Using French Wire with Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire'' and ''Adding French Wire and Clasp to Silk Thread''. French wire is made out of silver, gold, copper, brass or "vermeil" and comes in a variety of dynamic colors for easy coordination. Textured and twisted wire is also available for use as spacers. Still can't find what you're looking for? Create French wire by wrapping your choice of 28-gauge wire around a 22-gauge headpin or wire.

Simply slide your desired stringing material inside the coils of bullion, along with a bead, your clasp or other component that will be at a juncture in your beading. Pass the stringing material back through the bead, clasp or other component and gently but firmly, pull it taught. Keep the French wire centered as the loop closes and within a few seconds you will have created a strong and beautiful way of securing clasps and other components fluidly to your stringing material. You will not regret adding French wire to your beading know-how and keeping a ready supply within arm's reach.

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