I started out with the same problems. I have since found a wire I
like, Acculon. I chose this brand because the end does not fray, and
I do not have to keep clipping it.
It comes in numerous sizes. A.12 guage is for light beading,.15 for
heavier,.19 is what i choose, (heavy stones) and 21 or 24 for
heavier. I choose 7 strand. there is a 3 strand that is too light,
and the 48 strands are too soft, I choose 7 because it does not bend
and it holds up well because my beaded things get into bunches.
I buy mine from Shipwreck, and I only stock Acculon ror for resale
at my shop.
Best of luck, you will be okay, find what works for you.
The crimps are simple. 2mm and I buy the best quality for my
necklaces and bracelets. Then I have a B grade for my windchimes.
The important thing is to have a pair of plyers that are flat and do
not give a place to pull out. I am known for my two crimp flat. I
tried the hiding, the rolling, the yadayadayada.
Your whole operation is centered around the wire and crimps. If you
cut costs there, you have an inferior product. I buy from two places
only, Fire Mountain Gems and Shipwreck for the wire (But this year I
have four other ladies and we are going to approach Acculon about
wholesale. And I only buy my crimps from Shipwreck. I have a little
box with small and large crimps, and I work in 4 elements, gold,
silver, copper and gunmetal. But 90% of my use is the gold and
Sterling S. 2mm crimps, so I buy them by the thousand, and that is
all I sell in my shop. Best of luck, you will get dozens of
preferences, and in the end it is what you have found works best for
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