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SilverSilk Basics


SilverSilk knits are strong, supple, and free-flowing knits made from enameled copper wire. SilverSilk is made in the USA, and can be used to add beauty and texture to a big range of designs.

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SilverSilk

Using 3 Needle (1.5 mm Round)

The three needle knit is amongst the most popular of the SilverSilk line due to its versatility and simplicity. It’s easy to slide beads onto and very easy to finish. To crimp, draw down the ends of the knit and slide a crimp over one end, then loop into your clasp and bring pack through your crimp. Rather than using crimping pliers, simply press down on crimp with needle nose pliers and put 4mm crimp cover over for a neat, clean appearance to your ends. To make finishing the 3 Needle (1.5 mm Round) knit very easy, finish with a 1.4 mm Crimp End.

Using 4 Needle (2.2 mm Flat)

SilverSilk 4 Needle can be manipulated by threading a wire right through the center to shape it into spirals, loops or strands for braiding. To finish ends, you can keep it simple & use 2mm end cord/crimp end fasteners.

SilverSilk Earrings

Earrings with 8 Needle Flat SilverSilk

Using 8 Needle (4.8mm Flat)

The 8 Needle wire is a little wider at almost 5mm, so ribbon crimp ends work great when making bracelets and necklaces. The knit fits inside the mouth of the ribbon crimp end and using nylon jaws pliers, crimp down on ends to close.

Cleaning SilverSilk

Cleaning SilverSilk is easy–just give it a gentle cleaning with a soft cloth!

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    M Henry says:

    Does this material “catch” in your hair? Seems as though earrings or a necklace might get caught in hair strands but I’ve never used it.

  2. Ali
    Ali says:

    I haven’t had any trouble with hair catching in this chain. It has a really nice feel when you wear it as a necklace. Hope that helps.

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    J Merralls says:

    I love the new Tourmaline tumbled nuggets.

  4. jemw0rk
    jemw0rk says:

    I like the looks, will give a try

  5. whimsy girl
    whimsy girl says:

    I love this stuff. Glad I was looking through and found out you carried it!

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    Helen V says:

    I just found this stuff Can not wait to use it(sliver silk )

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    Nelle l says:

    i can see a use in earrings and bracelets, but does it ‘drape’ for a necklace?

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    Sandi G says:

    I have been receiving your Lunch Time e-mails for a long time…I have not ordered YET…I shall…but I cannot order on line…will send money order. Thank you for being patient AND for keeping on your list…God bless you !!!

  9. Kate
    Kate says:

    Hi Sandi, Unfortunately we cannot accept Money Orders at this time. We can only accept credit cards or PayPal. Feel free to give a call 1-800-211-7919 if you’d like to place an order over the phone! Cheers!

  10. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    I ordered the 2.2 mm flat silversilk in a beautiful pale gold and was so delighted to discover that it is very soft and flexible like satin ribbon. I would like to make a necklace with a Swarovski wild heart pendant and attach a some smaller bicones maybe by stitching along the silversilk.
    Question: I would like to use a crimp to loop each end thru a closed jump ring rather than using a cord end. Would this work?

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