Using French Wire with Beading Wire

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French wire, also called bullion, is a fine coil of wire that hides the beading wire next to the crimp.
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Step 1

Cut two pieces of French wire approximately 3/8 inch.

Step 2

String a crimp bead onto the beading wire.

Step 3

String the piece of French wire onto the beading wire.

Step 4

String one end of the clasp on the beading wire. Pass the wire back through the crimp bead. The French wire will create a loop through the clasp.

Step 5

Make sure that the wires are lying parallel to each other. Place the crimp bead into the back notch of the crimping plier.

Step 6

Squish the crimp bead.

Step 7

Turn the bead a quarter turn and place the crimp bead in the front notch of the pliers.

Step 8

Gently squish the crimp bead. This will fold the crimped bead over on itself.

Step 9

Use the wire cutter to cut off the small tail of the beading wire.

Step 10

Once one end of your piece of jewelry is completed, string your beads onto the beading wire.

Step 11

When you have finished stringing all of your beads, use the same technique on the other end of the wire to finish the piece of jewelry.

 

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