French Wire, or bullion, is a hollow tube of tightly wound wire used to hide and strengthen the ends of flexible stringing wire, giving jewelry a clean, professional finish. Fine French Wire fits .014 fine stringing wire, Medium fits .019 medium stringing wire, and Heavy fits .024 heavy stringing wire. It is also used to reinforce silk cord used in pearl knotting. When you have finished stringing the beads, follow these easy steps on each side of your jewelry:
1. String a crimp bead.
2. Cut ¾” piece of French Wire and string onto end of wire.
3. Loop wire through one side of clasp and pass end of wire back through the crimp bead.
4. Pull wire snugly so that the crimp bead is close to the clasp, and use crimping pliers to secure your crimp bead.
For a step-by-step picture tutorial, please see our Using French Wire with Beading Wire Technique