I do my own bow wrapping. Or, I did, since I've done it once to date. There's a nice black outline around the place my finger rests on the wire that's basically impossible to polish out, even with a brush. The wire is some fairly pure silver alloy that keeps the lustre of silver but doesn't tarnish in air on its own.
On lower-end bows, you see shrink-wrap around the lapping to keep the plating from wearing off of the copper wire they use, but I can't find any of those online. Someone suggested I use an acrylic clear coat, but that could easily turn out ugly and be a huge pain in the rear to get rid of later. Whale bone and silk are too light and look pretty meh imo. Suggestions?
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