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Artistic Wire 20-Gauge Bare Copper Wire,15-Yards
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- Great for making jewelry components such as chain maille, beaded chain, jump rings, earwires, and wire wrapped pendants
- Soft temper wire is shapeable
- Permanently enamel colored
- Perfect for jewelry and crafts
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Artistic Wire is the most extensive line of permanently colored copper wire for jewelry and crafts. The wire has an exclusive enamel coating that is available with a glossy metallic finish, or in a matte finish. The coating is engineered to resist tarnishing, chipping, and peeling and to stand up to coiling, spiral making, twisting, wrapping, and other wire working techniques.
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Please note this is actually bare copper wire. There is a little confusion with the item description because it seems recycled from other Artistic Wire products (you may have seen other Artistic Wire spools with green or purple or orange coatings, for example). What I received was BARE copper wire with no non-tarnish coating (this is what I wanted). I have played around with patinas and they have taken, which to me is confirmation of no enamel coating and no non-tarnish coating. If you want this not to tarnish, keep it in a small, closed container with one of those 3M anti-tarnish tabs (the same goes for any jewelry items made from it). Or seal it with some kind of sealant or spray, though sealants usually need to be periodically reapplied.
This seems to be dead soft. I can manipulate it with my hands though I prefer using nylon-jaw pliers. (Depending on what I want to do, sometimes I just use non-coated pliers. For example, if I want to use bail-making or roundnose pliers, I'll just use the bare steel ones. I have not yet had to anneal it to re-soften it but that is always a possibility if you work it too much. This cuts easily with my small Eurotool flush cutters.
I'm not saying my wire wrapping looks very good yet, but that is on me. I just need more practice. I am pretty good at making eyepins (really, something everyone should learn to make, as it's just silly to pay for finished ones that might not even be the length you want) with this so far, and I've made some paddle-type headpins by pounding the end of a cut piece with a hammer.
Anyway, this was a good purchase for practice with wire wrapping and for making headpins and eyepins. I'll likely go back to the same product when I run out.
Overall, this is a wonderful product. It's easy to unspool, easy to manipulate, and surprisingly strong.