- Although 18-gauge is a fairly thick, heavy wire, normally hard to wrap and bend, this wire was easy to do so. It was much more flexible and that was an exciting discovery!
- I quickly recogized its limitations though. Like using a too-thin wire, it didn't hold up well to a string of heavy beads, tending to bend and flop around. Disappointment set in. I also found that it scratched and dented more easily, leaving undesirable tool marks.
- Soon though, I found it had its own niche. It worked wonderfully for wire wrapping and for use with one large bead rather than a longer grouping of beads. It wraps beautifully and so much easier than harder wire of the same gauge. It does require a lighter touch with the tools, particularly any that would leave nicks in the silver. I'll use it for certain projects only, but have discovered that it does have a useful place along with many other wire types I like to use.
After experimenting a bit, I found that the project, above, is one example of where this soft, heavy-gauge wire will be useful. I was using two pieces of dyed quartz I had. I'm not sure what this piece will be "when it grows up." I'm thinking of getting a few more pieces of quartz in similar shapes and colors and linking to make a necklace.
Keep watching... You may find it on my website one day soon!