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As a jewelry maker, (among other things), I try to keep in mind my audience.  And by that I mean the purchasing power, or better yet purchasing budget of my target audience. I remember what I thought was the McDonald's philosophy of the then $.99 burger. Or more recently, the majority of burger joints with their $.99 - $1.99 menu items. Not that I make a habit of the drive-thru windows. But more people will and can afford this menu over say a $7.00 burger. 

So I choose to work mostly with copper and silver plated copper core wire.  It looks nice, but won't break the bank. However, trips to Joanns or Michaels with 40% - 50% off one item coupons was becoming annoying because it's no secret the markup is a bit ridiculous; so why pay full price. Even though after factoring in gas, my 10 year old truck eats up any savings. 

Queue the internet. For some time now I've heard a lot about a silver plated copper core wire wire from a company called Parawire. So I did some research.  The process they apply in producing this wire involves using 99.9% copper wire plated with fine silver before a non-tarnish color is applied. Today I received my order and soon I will be taking it out for a test drive. I'll be updating this article with my results.

Update!

I've finally worked with the wire!  You can find my results in my Heart Pendant Tutorial and Parawire Review post.

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