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“What's Different & Other ?'s”

Description from Mary - Sweet Chick: A strange pick, but I didn't know if I posted these questions in the Jewelry Sellers or Beaders Groups if any one would see them. (I'm just as guilty of not putting those wonderful pages to good use! I'll have to do something about that.)

What is the difference between bare copper wire and natural coppper wire?

What ideas/uses do you all have for the lovely silk ribbon? I know to use them as necklaces but what else?


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  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Hello Mary!

    Gosh, I don’t know the difference between the wire either. Now you’ve got me just as curious as you to know the answer to that!

    As far as the ribbon goes, I got some. Now, I’m waiting for inspiration to strike me like a lightning bolt! 8O

    Sorry I could not be of more help!


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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    You might think this is a strange pick, but I think it’s very clever considering the questions that inspired it! Wish I could help with the wire question, Mary, but I don’t know either, and I’m just as curious as you and Martha. Hopefully, we’ll get an answer from someone.
    As for the ribbon, I’m trying to come up with some ideas myself…there are some really lovely choices here! :D

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    Wolfkazzy WolfChick says:

    My guess is that one of the copper wires (bare) is one that you can use for patina or LoS and the other is protected from being tarnished. That’s the only reason I can come up with.

  4. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I don’ know either the wire difference. As to what to do with the silk ribbons perhaps make the ribbon beaded to wear in your hair? Other wise the only other thing I can think of is a fancy wrap to identify your luggage! I use hot pink ribbon on my suitcases!

  5. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I’m w/ Wolfkazzy: ‘natural’ would have no color finish applied, so it’s natural-colored, but does have an oxidation retardant applied; ‘bare’ would lack even that… just pure metal.
    I’m clueless for ribbon uses, never been a ribbon fan… but love the colors!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    My guess goes with Eeka Mouse & Wolfkazzy; I have some Artistic Wire “natural” copper from an LBS that I thought would oxidize, but it won’t.

    So I’m pretty sure the “bare copper” has no coating at all, and is an alternative to going to Home Depot! Which makes me really happy because HD only has heavy & heavier wire, and I’d love to have some lighter gauges!

    As for ribbon, so far I’ve just used it for a pendant along with some Vintaj chain. It is beautiful though, and very richly colored!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    EekaM and WOlfkazzy are correct the Cu-natural has a coating on it and the bare is as the name implies–simple Cu wire.

    As for ribbon, LoriZ has a lovely suggestion for ribbon use. Here are a few more from my jewelry biz:
    1. shorter segments can be attached to the ends of a choker that is meant to snugly caress the neck–the customer can tie the ribbon for perfect fit.
    2. I use 1/8-inch ribbon to tie small biz-card labels onto a necklace or braclet that I leave on consignment at shops/galleries.
    3. I use ribbon in gift wrapping jewelry boxes that are purchased for gifts.
    4. I’ve sewn snaps on a velvet ribbon so that I could wear my antique cameo brooch at the throat.
    5. A friend secures tightly stretched ribbon on a frame from which she hangs her earrings on the wall of her bedroom. (I do the same using screening stapled and glued to the back of a wood picture frame or stretched in an embroidery hoop.)

    I know I’ve included no-jewelry construction uses–but they still involve jewelry. ;)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you Gayle for the copper wire answer! And thank you Martha, Deb, WolfChick, Dawn, EM, and Lori for your comments! I’m sure this will help quite a few of us. :-)
    I knew I could count on the great people here to help with this dilemna! :-D

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