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Most wholesalers who carry copper beads will also carry copper wire, which is excellent for stringing most copper beading projects. Copper wire comes in a variety of gauges, and most dealers stock several different sizes. The higher the gauge number, the softer the wire is, so if you're a beginner, you may want to start with thicker wire that you can manipulate easily and work your way up to thinner, softer wire. Because copper wire is so easy to work with, once you get used to it, you can create many of your own findings, from copper earwires to eye pins, jump rings, and connectors.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|