Recently I was asked by another jewelry maker what wire I use for my wire crochet pieces. When I started making wire crochet jewelry, I only knew of one option that had a variety of colors in a fine enough gauge to crochet with. It was Zebra wire. But as my focus shifted from wire crochet jewelry to bead embroidered jewelry, I hadn't purchased wire for wire crochet in some time. Which got me to thinking...
"I follow the SoftFlex blog and Facebook fan page. Both Sara and Jamie are all over the internet communicating with other bloggers and sharing the jewelry love of anybody that uses SoftFlex products. I've been using SoftFlex beading wire and absolutely love it! So I think I better try their craft wire before I answer my friend."
Before I even delve into the wire itself, can I tell you how on the ball SoftFlex as a company is? Their customer service is bar none and their shipping time... well let me just say I think they have Superman on staff because my package arrived in record time.
I have to say using it was a pleasure. I used the 28 gauge black wire to make a wire crochet bracelet. The wire was the perfect size to work with. It was sturdy enough and yet malleable all at the same time so I could maneuver it with the crochet hook.
One thing that I'm a real stickler about when I'm using a color-coated wire is how well does the color STAY on the wire when I'm making wrapped loops or working with my tools. Other wire I've used you have to baby because the color coating scratches easily and reveals the copper base wire. I'm very happy to say that SoftFlex Craft Wire kept it's color coating throughout the whole process. From stringing all the beads and constantly feeding more wire into the project.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! You should see all their colors. Even though I used the black, (because I had these amazing silver beads that I thought would end up completely drool-worthy) their line of colors is outstanding. I saw them in person at Bead & Button in Milwaukee and they really are as vibrant as they look on the website!
SoftFlex Website: http://www.softflexcompany.com