Monday, July 18, 2011

Softflex Craft Wire: An Honest Review

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."

I contacted Sara about doing an honest review of their colored craft wire on my blog.  She was thrilled that I wanted to try something new from SoftFlex. 

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.

The bracelet turned out FABULOUS and I was very pleased with the way that the SoftFlex craft wire performed.  I won't be going back to the "other" wire anytime soon because SoftFlex has won over my wire crochet heart!

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!

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Hope your week is full of wonderful discoveries! 


Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

Very pretty bracelet! Thanks for the review! I'll have to give it a try.

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Jana, I'm so glad you found this helpful! As I was writing this post, you were exactly the person who came to mind. LOL Great minds think alike!

Your wire crochet is always stunning! I think you'll fall in love with the SoftFlex wire! Can't wait to hear your experiences and see your designs with it!

Have a terrific week!

Elizabeth said...

Your bracelet is very nice.

I've only recently begun doing wire crochet. I'd used copper, brass, and sterling silver with outstanding results. Then I discovered the SoftFlex red color wire, I love it! Made a beautiful necklace. I've got green, navy and black to try out too. It does hold the color well through fairly rough handling. SoftFlex is a good company with great products.

Sara Oehler said...

How did I miss this post?! This bracelet is awesome!


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