Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beading threads .. what to use ?

Fireline is made of gel-spun polyethylene, an extremely strong fiber. Can be threaded on size 12 needles. Use Fireline in place of Nymo or Silamide thread when needle weaving crystals or other sharp-edged beads. Fireline is marketed by BeadSmith and comes in only two colours crystal and smoke. The smoke residue does come off on your fingers and hands, but as far as I am concerned this is no biggy. It comes in a 4lb, 6lb or 8lb size thread.

A relatively newcomer to the world of beading threads is WildFire. It is Beadalons' equivalent of BeadSmiths Fireline. However WildFire was created specifically for the bead weaving market; unlike Fireline that was taken from the fishing industry

I have not used WildFire to date, however from what I have learned from other beaders is that it is as good as Fireline, dare I say even better than Fireline? Unlike Fireline, WildFire when using black (yes they have a true black unlike Firelines' smoke). You do not end up with any residue on your fingers after beading with Wildfire.

WildFire is a great weight to work with, does not tangle, WildFire even feels softer yet still retains the non-stretch and water proofing qualities that Fireline boasts.

It has been tested against Fireline in how much effort it takes to get a crystal to saw through it, and the difference was indistinguishable.

It comes in black (a true black), a mossy green, and crystal.

Power Pro braided bead thread, this super strong, flexible, pre-waxed braided bead thread incorporates new age technology. Beadworkers and beadstringers will find that this new product feels and works better than the finest bead thread yet as strong as jewellery wire. Most beads will not cut this product. It knots easily and does not stretch. The 30lb test .011" diameter. Available in White. Even though this product calls itself 'pre-waxed' I always 're-wax' it.

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