I haven't actually tried to color my Fireline, but did want to let you know the color "crystal" (which is basically white) is also available. I love Fireline and never use anything else. I've tried all the different weights and depending on the project I am working on, use the various weights. In fact, my favorite recent discovery has just been how often I can use the 20lb. Fireline, although for that I do have to use a size 10 needle. I can't seem to get it threaded on any smaller needles.
You can also buy Fireline in the sporting department of your local sports store such as 's or the ever friendly Wal-mart store. I find it cheaper for more then buying it at the bead stores. It's the same thing but because it doesn't say "BeadSmith" and being intended for fishing it cost much less for a larger spool. And being retired I have to watch my money. Just wanted you to know.
yes, but they don't carry the 4 and 6 lb test...only 8 lb which is heavier
I use fireline too but how do you finish these spirals neatly. Haven't figured out that part of the project and havae several waitingfor an answer. Thanks
My Wal-mart carries the #6 and #8 and the sporting goods store here also carries the #4 and #6 as well as the higher weights. I tried to tell you the name of the sporting goods store but it was blocked out. So you will have to expore you large chain sporting goods stores in your area to see which ones carry it.
Hope this helps.
I also use fireline for my spirals. So I will try to help. I know there are several different ways to do this but this is what works for me.
What I do is I tie off the ending thread by going back in through the the last set of spiralling beads to a core bead and do a half hitch now go down a couple of more core beads and do a full hitch knot trim your thread. (you can do several half hitches if yo want before the full hitch.)
Then to tie on I go a short ways from where you just ended beading and tie on a new thread with a half hitch knot between 2 core beads now go up a couple more core beads and tie again.and do this a couple of times going toward the end of your work and when you get to where you ended just start beading again.
Hope you understand my ramblelings.
Thanks for all the great information girls! I've been wanting to get Fireline for stringing my polymer clay beads but wasn't sure which pound test to get and how to tie it. Now I know, Thanks!
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I don't do much bead weaving - I really like stringing and wire work - but a close friend of mine does a lot of it, and we've talked at length about Fireline. I started by taking a class to learn even-count peyote stitch, and showed it to her. She said, "Oh, I could never do that." Well that was my personal challenge, and when she finally tried, she took to it like a fish to water and has made some stunning pieces and is always coming up with new designs. We learned on Nymo, but one try with Fireline, and we were hooked. The crystal color has a little different texture, but behaves pretty much like the grey. She did a couple of pieces with both, and the difference in the finished product was amazingly brighter with the crystal. Not crazy about the green. Gave it to Hubby for fishing. As to size, we started with 4 lb test, then went to six. That's about when I got going with wire and 'abandoned' weaving. She, on the other hand, has tried 8, which she used for quite a while, until she tried 10. That's pretty much where she's stayed. She hasn't had anything she's made with 10 come apart or break. She tried 12, but it was harder to use, wouldn't go through the beads as many times, and she didn't really see any advantage, so she's pretty much settled on 10. I should say, also, she really 'yanks' on the thread. She's pulled so hard on 4 lb test and once on 6 lb test that it broke while she was working with it, but her finished pieces really have good structure and are still supple. Someone mentioned spirals. I thought mine were too loose, and ended up going end to end through each row of outside beads up through one row and down the next, then when I got to the end, went back up the opposite way through each row of beads. It anchors them to each other, like when I used to put huge bobby pins between 2 hair rollers on my head to anchor them to each other. LOL Now I'm really dating myself.
Wow is right how does she not break the beads or cut her hands yanking that hard? I use size 11 and 15 in my work mostly. Should I purchase the 4 pound or 6 pound test fireline? I must admit this line of chat has finally sold me on trying it. Until now I have had little luck with fishing line products. I do like Kevlar for some of my projects though. Thanks for the help and info.
I recently tried Fireline too. I like it except it doesn't work the best with my favorite beading needles so I had to buy new ones for when I work with Firleline. I'm glad you found it too!
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