Does anyone prefer a specific brand of beading wire? They all really look the same to me and I'm not really sure what to purchase. I think the hobbylobby coupons usually sway my vote though.
Everyone will have a different opinion on that one! It's really a matter of trying different brands as you can and deciding which one you like.
Having tried Beadalon, Accuflex & SoftFlex I'd say I prefer Accuflex, but I can use anything in a pinch.
You also need to be sure you're matching the strength of the wire with your project. Lighter projects or beads w/smaller holes need thinner wire, heavier/bigger beads need thicker wire. Over time you'll end up owning a variety of different wires. ;)
I agree, HL coupons are great when it's time to buy wire, as are bulk buy discounts at Fire Mtn Gems.
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Jeni, is so right. It really is personal preference and the project. In a very short time you will have an assortment - some that you use all of the time and some once in a while, but when you need a particular one that is what you need.
The list didn't even include Fireline, elastic, stainless steel wire, wrapping wire, chain, thin cording, silk, or elastic.
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It's an interesting response because I just assumed everyone had a particular favorite brand. I actually do have quite a collection but find it difficult to choose which one to use. I guess it's just trial and error! haha!
Lots of beading wire companies offer free samples - I suggest getting your hands on some samples and letting the wire do the talking for the companies.