Well, it's taken me long enough to post today, that's for sure! That's because I was a bit scared to post this,....but, you can't grow if you don't do what's uncomfortable, right?
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I've been messing around with some Parawire / Vintaj Arte Metal Colored Wire and wrapping some things and hammering it, etc. and I'm forced to report to you
that I'm not impressed.
I hate to say that (especially publicly) as I'm sure I'll be black-balled from every jewelry magazine, craft site, blog, etc. in the beading and handcrafted jewelry world!!
But, I can't sit here and pretend this doesn't bother me.
Okay, so for the record - I do love Vintaj's brass
and new copper blanks and charms and
their arte metal blanks and charms, too.
But this wire is just not doing anything for me.
And yes, I've used other Parawire/Vintaj brand wires with much better success. At least that's a positive, right?!
The "permanent" coating peeled off when I wrapped it around these pearls with my hands (no tools used). At least the 24 gauge wire did, anyway. And you can see in my loops, where I did use tools, what happened. (And no, I don't have that heavy a hand).
The 22 gauge wire held up a smidge better on another pair, but not much.
And hammering the 20gauge wire into ear wires (not for sale or anything, but just to try it out for myself and see how it handled) well,....the minute the hammer touches it,....yuck,...guess it's not meant for that. But hey, you gotta experiment and try stuff or you'll never know, right?
So, on a positive note - if I take pictures at the right angle, you really can't see the 'mucked-up' wire - right? Yea,...I can still see it, too.
The Artisan Copper and Antique Bronze wires both hold up much better when I beat them up with my hammer or wrap them around tiny little pearls.
And, to be clear here, I do like other Parawire and Vintaj products,....just not this particular wire I purchased.
Someone please tell me that it's just these few spools that I purchased at Hobby Lobby and not all of Parawire's Vintaj Arte Metal Colored Wire - please???
These poor little pearls probably think I hate them right now.
See, I'm not the only silver snob - my pearls like it, too!!
Ooohhhhh,...I just got taken off a bunch of 'blog rolls' right there and half my followers just quit following me.
(I'm doing well for the beginning of the year, don't you think?!!)
I'm going to be ripping these little babies apart tomorrow and re-doing them in sterling silver and dipping them in some LOS till they're black like these here.
Then I'm sure I'll be thrilled with them!
Anyhoo,...now that all that's said,...I'm here, ready for the 'Shel Bashing' to start - so go ahead.
I won't whine when people leave mean comments 'cause I know you're all are in love with both Parawire and Vintaj (and I am too) and they're the hottest things around right now,....so go ahead,...let me know what you think. No profanity though - those comments won't get through!!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and "Going Out On A Limb!"
Oh - I'm linking up with I heart Macro today, too. You should see the amazing photos on todays' line-up. HOLY COW they're amazing!!