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raspberrybloom
19-04-2006, 08:31 AM
Hi,

What could I use which is a cheaper alternative to softflex?

Thanks, Lou :-)

Fran
19-04-2006, 08:37 AM
Lots of cheaper alternatives around but you lose quality and strength as a result. Having tried them all, Softflex is the only medium that I would ever use. What are you paying for your softflex? there may be a cheaper outlet for it.

raspberrybloom
19-04-2006, 08:41 AM
Soft Flex 49 Strand Beading Wire - 30 ft Grey .019 Diameter - 12.40 from Jules Gems.

Trinity
19-04-2006, 09:25 AM
Hi Lou

I use Beadalon as well as Softflex and find it to be quite strong.

You can purchase Softflex 49 strand 30ft from www.jillybeads.co.uk for 9.46. The 21 strand is 7.76.

HTH

raspberrybloom
19-04-2006, 09:26 AM
Thank you, that will say me a few pennies!

Lou

Fran
19-04-2006, 09:37 AM
I order in the 100ft lengths from this ebay seller.
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Bead-Orders_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm
Way more cost effective.

I've been in touch with Softflex themselves but the wholesale discount is more expensive than this ebay seller..................strange but true.

Bea
19-04-2006, 12:27 PM
I've got some tigertail which is very similar to Soft Flex and I advertise it as ''very soft'' as it's unbranded, but definitely closer to Soft Flex than tigertail (which can be quite jumpy and kink easily).
They only do 3 colours: grey silver, gold and black. It's 20 meter roll for 7.50. I am using this as an alternative to Soft Flex, especially for classes. I wouldn't use tigertail for classes as I find more difficult to handle than this ''very soft'' wire.

How many meters is 100ft? I never thought of stocking Soft Flex in rolls of 100ft... but I suppose 30ft doesn't go very far....

Fran
19-04-2006, 01:12 PM
I've got some tigertail which is very similar to Soft Flex and I advertise it as ''very soft'' as it's unbranded, but definitely closer to Soft Flex than tigertail (which can be quite jumpy and kink easily).
They only do 3 colours: grey silver, gold and black. It's 20 meter roll for 7.50. I am using this as an alternative to Soft Flex, especially for classes. I wouldn't use tigertail for classes as I find more difficult to handle than this ''very soft'' wire.

How many meters is 100ft? I never thought of stocking Soft Flex in rolls of 100ft... but I suppose 30ft doesn't go very far....
100 feet is 30.48 metres. I usually order 2 or more rolls of each .24 .19 & .14 so the 30ft rolls really are not cost effective for the amount I use. you can also get 1000ft rolls but that doesn't come up often! I keep meaning to try the Soft Touch version.

beadaholic
21-12-2007, 03:08 PM
I've got an old school friend who I bumped into a coule of years ago at a craft fair, she's a mad jewellery maker too, she can get beading stuff much cheaper than in some of the shops, I know she's selling on ebay, I buy my stringing stuff direct from her, it might be worth a look, her ebay name is glitzy-chicks, I get my beadalon and softflex direct from her a bit cheaper, it might be worth giving it a try, I can't remember her prices but it's worth a look if you end up saving a few pennies!:mf:

caketopper
21-12-2007, 06:12 PM
This thread is from April 2006!