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Topic: Memory Wire HELP!! (Or any nice and sturdy 32 gauge wire)  (Read 602 times)
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« on: April 05, 2007 09:14:11 PM »

I am looking for a 32 gauge wire that will hold it's shape, but not a circular shape. I currently have plain beading wire, and it just crumples when I touch the shape. I'm looking for something that will allow me to make straight lines and sharp edges and still keep it's shape when smashed down, etc. Memory wire, from the name, seems like the way to go, but I can't find anything on craftster about bending it, other than making little loops, and I'm afraid it won't give up its circular shape. There won't be any beads or anything on the wire, and I don't know if that makes it better or worse.

Your help is appreciated!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2007 09:31:34 PM »

32 guage wire is amazingly thin and I would not recommend it for anything other than to knit or crochet.  It will break very easily.  You can get silver in dead soft, and it will be ablt to mallable and take form then when it will be hammered down it will be hard and hold its shape for you.  memory wire is usually around 22 or 20 guage when compared to other wires so that is a size that I would recommend.  Wire that is used to make loops and links is usually half hard so be sure to get dead soft as it will be able to be formed easier.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007 06:17:05 AM »

thanks for your help! I'm trying to make needle threaders for very small needles, and i thought memory wire would do the trick. The little one you can get in sewing kits or the craft store are really thin and hold their shape, but they also break pretty easily, so I was hoping to find something better. I will have to keep searching!
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2007 07:36:31 AM »

you know any craft wire would work for that.  Honestly though anything that thin will break.  Just get a cheap wire so you are not wasting $$ you know?
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2007 10:23:47 AM »

Thanks, adore-one:)
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2007 01:37:03 PM »

I agree that most wires thin enough to do what you're looking for may not be strong enough to withstand that sort of activity. Have you thought of using that nylon coated wire (I can't remember for the life of me what's it's called now!) that's used for beading? It's flexible, so it won't stay straight, but it certainly is durable!

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