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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Stringing wire

I have a quick question, do you use soft flex or wire when you make the necklace portion of your designs? If wire, what gauge? Thanks

Answer: I never string the necklace portion with regular wire, it can easily snap and it doesn't have much flexibility.
To string necklaces, I use Nylon Coated Stringing Wire (soft flexible wire). I prefer to use Professional 49 strands (because it has greater flexibility). The thicker the wire, the heavier the necklace can be. I use between 0.018 for slighly heavier necklaces and 0.013 for lighter pieces. The brand I'm currently using right now is Beadalon, but I don't personally have a preference for this or that brand.

Starburst Pendant

Wire: dead soft or half-hard?