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  • #16
    Thank you Lady_Disdain.

    So it looks like whether I use Silver or Argentium Silver, I am going to have the problem.

    Cheers.

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    • #17
      Can you use nylon coated beading wire? Finer gauges and higher ply-count tend to be more flexible.
      Soft Touch is very flexible, for example.

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      • #18
        Oh, now I see your picture!

        No, there is a lot of room for the pearl to move and rub against the metal. That is not oxidation. You will have that problem no matter what metal you use. I would look for pearls with a smaller drill hole. You may need to get them drilled to order but the end result will also look neater, since the drill hole will barely be visible and the pearl won't feel wobbly.

        Nylon coated beading wire is too thick and not flexible enough for crocheting. Usually, crocheting is done with very fine wire, sometimes down to 0.3mm or 0.25mm.
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        • #19
          Pearl Dreams, Yes I did make a test sample using the nylon wire, but it didn't turn out exactly as I wanted but might have to do.

          Lady Disdain, yes the nylon coated wires is not ideal but I might have to just bite the bullet and go for it. And since it's for a wrap bracelet it should be alright.

          Thank you ladies for all the info. Learnt something new.

          Cheers and stay safe.
          ShashiRatna

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          • #20
            What a good discussion, friends! Shashi, we learn so much when we experiment and use various materials in innovative ways. Who knows what useful techniques you can come up with! Please be sure to show us your design when you're finished.
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            • #21
              Oh, would you guys like to see it? Great! I would love to show it. I have just finished the crochet part. Have to add the findings. Once complete will want you guys' opinion.

              I have crocheted a pearl necklace with amethyst before and the pearl didn't darken. Now, what Lady_Disdain said makes sense. The pearls in the necklace have smaller holes and since it is a necklace there is less movement and less friction. But the bracelet is just the opposite. And I thought the wire was tarnishing. Sorry for blabbering.

              Thank you all for sharing your knowledge.

              Cheers,
              ShashiRatna

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              • #22
                I know I would love to see it. This is a great thread. I miss threads like this where we can share advice.

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                • #23
                  SashiRatna, I'd also LOVE to see your pearl "needlework". I used to do a lot of fine thread crochet, and have been so tempted to try some fine wire in gold, and pearls, either in crochet or even knitting. Alas, my hands suffer repetitive stress injuries, and don't like this plan at all, so it lives in my brain and not in reality . Looking forward to seeing your projects!
                  Cathy

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                  • #24
                    Hi Cathy,
                    Thank you for the vote of confidence but I am afraid it's going to disappoint. My project is not one of those delicate crochet projects. My mother made me some beautiful crochet stuff which I cherish. Now you got me thinking and the wheels are turning.

                    Cheers,
                    ShashiRatna

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                    • #25
                      We are never going to be disappointed, don't worry!
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                      • #26
                        We would love to see what you make!

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                        • #27
                          And I forgot to add,
                          I didn't bother to learn from my mother.

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                          • #28
                            ooooh yes , photos please !! Love to see the creative designs that our PGF peeps come up with !
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                            • #29
                              Hello ladies,

                              After burning the midnight oil and some mishaps, I finished the bracelets. What you see are 2 bracelets, each wrapped twice. That way I can use it on either wrist and be able to mix and match with bangles.

                              Cheers and stay safe,
                              ShashiRatna
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                              • #30
                                SashiRatna,
                                Such pretty, lustrous baroque pearls! They don't need a fancy design to show them off. They will be great to mix with other bracelets and if you get bored with them ~ well, you can change them.
                                Pattye


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