1227 CR 1760 E
Greenup Illinois USA
I do not agree with some of the other wire tatters as to what shuttle to use or size wire to use. I have found that an Aero shuttle is the best as it allows the wire to be wound without stress and has a hook to aid in joins. Joins are finished with a bone stiletto to make the joining picot big enough to fit the shuttle through.
I rarely use anything smaller than 30 gauge and prefer 32-34. The first 3 samples are done with 32 gauge white wire. As you can see, they almost look like *real* tatting. They include regular rings, chains, Josephine knots, and split rings. It's all in the technique and *placing* each half of the double stitch. Tatting with wire can look like the real thing.
The last photo is from the 2005 tatting with Wire class at Denver. Over the 12 hours of class, students averaged 34 projects completed. They learned how to hold the shuttle and wire, manipulate stitches, incorporate beads, and complete a boutonniere for the banquet.