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Old 05-06-2005, 07:05 AM
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Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

I've been considering trying out monofilament, especially since I understand you can use fishing line, which is less expensive. What I am having trouble in finding is how do you "tie off" with monofilament? Won't crimp beads cut through it? And, as far as I remember with fishing wire, tying a knot in it is impossible.

I began using beading wire only because I was told by another beader a long while back that "only professional beaders use wire". So, I just figured I was doing the right thing.
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Re: Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

I bought a bracelet off ebay and she used some kind of clear line, not wire. And used crimps at the ends. I emailed her to ask if she has had any problems but haven't heard back yet. I was wondering the same thing!!

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Old 05-06-2005, 07:20 AM
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Re: Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

Okay, checked my aol mail, this was her reply:
I use Fireline and sometimes just fishing line the 12lbs. test. Either should hold up pretty well.

So what is fireline?

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Re: Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

Fireline is a wonderful fishingline that is also sold in bead stores as beading string. It's made from recycled milk cartons and it knots beautifully and is super strong. I love it for seed beading. I guess if you wanted to use it for another type of bead you could use those little clamshell thingys to end it.
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Re: Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

Standard monofilament fishing line is not good for beading. It yellows and eventually will break as the chemical makeup of the line 'decomposes'. It does this to comply with environmental standards.

Fireline, Dandyline, etc. are multiple strand fibers that don't break down in this way and many beaders, myself included, love using them. They don't need to be prestretched (like nymo) and I don't even bother waxing or otherwise conditioning them, either.

For non-seed bead work, I prefer Softtouch wire, 49 strand in the .019 diameter. I use it with glass, crystal, pearls, stone and metal and love its drape and durability.
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Re: Monofilament (fishing line) vs Beading Wire?

Here are some links to other threads that have discussed different aspects of this in the past:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229386

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222806

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220031

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212216

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212216

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=203148

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=182929

If you go to the Wearable Art forum main page and use the forum search tool button called "Search this Forum" you can find lots of interesting topics that have been discussed here.

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