I used a "JoAnn Fabric" purchased copper wire for these, which is coated and therefore does not patina; my copper wire has not arrived yet. These, also, are 16ga instead of 14ga. My sterling silver has not arrived either; and, I truly don't wish to use fine silver for practicing right now. Thus, "it is what it is, right?" I feel these will be fun to make and I have beautiful beads to play with!
part of my workspace... "We Can Do It!" I reiterate... always!