French Wire

French wire (a.k.a. bullion or gimp) is a fine coil of wire that protects the connecting loop of beading cord or wire where it attaches to a finding.  To use, string a bead or crimp tube, a small length of French wire, and the finding; pass back through the bead or tube and pull snug; tie a knot or crimp the tube to secure.

See crimping

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Michelle M.

About Michelle M.

I was the founding editor of Beading Daily (2007-2009) and my now a freelance designer/writer/editor.  My designs have been published in Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, and other magazines. I enjoy stringing, bead embroidery, wirework, metal work, mixed media, beadweaving—pretty much anything that involves beads or jewelry.  I also enjoy exploring new crafts like pottery and felting.  I write a personal blog if you want to see more of my work.

16+ Free Beading Projects: A list of the free projects I created for Beading Daily.

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Pictured here is a pair of earrings I made for the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing in an attempt to get over my fear of designing with the color orange!