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View Poll Results: Which colored wire do you lke best?
Artistic Wire 10 50.00%
Parawire 9 45.00%
Other (please explain) 1 5.00%
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Old 2010-12-18, 11:39am
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Default Which Colored Wire is better...?

I am looking to purchase some colored wire. I have gone through some old posts but I am still confused.


I am looking for a colored wire that:

The color stays on properly
Has lots of gauges
Is a decent price


I was looking at Artistic wire and Parawire. But if anyone has any other options please let me know.

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Old 2010-12-18, 12:16pm
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Depending on what you're using it for.
The wire artist I'm most familiar with that used colored wire swore by parawire.
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Old 2010-12-18, 12:43pm
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I will be using it for jump rings and wire wrapping....jewelry stuff
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Old 2010-12-19, 6:41am
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I have used Artistic Wire for years and have never had one problem.
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Old 2010-12-19, 6:55am
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I've used Artistic Wire and love it...lots of colours and gauges to choose from.

It's great for wire wrapping but I don't think I would use it for jumprings...it's not stiff enough and they will pull apart.
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I have found the 20 gauge brass Artisitic Wire to be very stiff - actually a bit too stiff for my purposes. But their 20 gauge silver wire is on the soft side as mentioned above by Gillianbeads.
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Old 2010-12-20, 10:28am
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Good to know. Does it tarnish ? the sliver wire?
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Artistic wire makes two different silver ones...be sure to get the Anti-Tarnish Silver wire.
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Old 2010-12-21, 12:34pm
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Ok so far the polls are tied.... LOL

Is there anyone else that cares to respond?
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I know of several jewelry makers that swear by the durability of Parawire, but some use the Artistic wire and like that one a lot too.
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Old 2010-12-21, 8:52pm
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TL - Artistic Wire is very good. With reasonable care, it is as beautiful after wearing long and hard, does not tarnish, or scratch. 18 g. is fine for jumprings up to size 5 or 6m depending on the bracelet or necklace. I use 16g for larger rings, size 20 for 2.5 - 3.5m.
On the other hand, I buy Parawire! It is equally good in all respects, has just as wide a selection, and costs less. I've had no problems with either one, and Parawire people are also friendly, helpful, and they ship quick. Just my own opinion. Marilyn
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Thanks for everyones thought
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it is 9 - 7 now for Artistic wire
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I carry small spools of parawire and I use it as well. I have gauges 14-24 I think in the silver and gold and a few colors as well.
I do notice that if I use black and white for "viking knit" that the color can come off in some areas. I've never tried artistic wire but would like to see how it holds up to viking knit. The silver, copper, gold...etc seem to be fine as well as some of the blues and such. Only a few colors so far have rubbed off due to pulling through the draw plate.
In wirewrapping, I have no problems and I'm horrible at making jumprings perfectly round so I don't use it for that lol
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Old 2011-01-08, 12:01am
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Irene - Thanks for your input. I am glad to know about the black and white colors in Parawire.

Has anyone else use the black and white in a viking knit in the Artistic wire?
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Old 2011-01-08, 9:48am
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I had purchased the Artistic wire to do some Viking Knit and had major color flaking issues with the black. I contacted the vendor and they were under the impression that I was working it too hard with the tools. I wasn't using any tools at that point except at the very end of the piece so they gave me credit for the black spools I had purchased. The non-tarnish siver is fantastic !! I've been getting consistant results with that.
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Old 2011-01-08, 5:05pm
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I have crocheted with Artistic black wire for several years And I never had a flaking problem so it must have been a bad batch. Glad they gave you credit for it.
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