» Beading Definition: French Wire
French wire (a.k.a. gimp or bullion) is a fine coil of silver or gold-filled wire used by jewellers to conceal beading wire next to crimps and clasps. French wire helps give jewelry an elegant, professionally finished look while also protecting and strengthening the ends of the beadwork. It is also widely available in silver and gold plated wire and this less expensive version is more commonly used by hobbyist beaders when working on knotted pearl and seed bead projects.
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