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    Having trouble beading two heart motifs together and making it look presentable.

    I am using crystals in RAW, and am trying to join the two of these together to make it look more solid, but try as I might, cannot hide the thread showing at the edges. I was using fireline, but it was too dark for the crystals, then I went onto silamide which looks better but am worried whether the crystals would cut this. I have tried putting seed beads around the edges, but it distorts the shape. So thought i would ask you guys for any suggestions, there might be another step that I'm missing.

    I am hoping to put these up for sale, but want it to look really good first.
    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    Sorry, I can't quite picture what you mean. What's RAW? I know I'm being dense.
    Best wishes


    • #3
      RAW - Right Angle Weave

      I think you can get clear fireline..... but not entierly sure, i've never used it

      Try 2lb fishing line, that is clear. I used it on a RAW cuff with czech crystals and seems to be fine


      • #4
        beading hearts

        thanks glitterbug & Pebbles. I was using 4lb fireline, but the clear still looks white.

        Pebbles - could I ask where you get the 2lb fishing line from?



        • #5
          Fishing World!

          or whatever it is called

          Not sure where else sells fishing line, Just spoke to the fisherman in my office and he says there is a fishing shop called Malarkeys in Staffordshire.

          Argos may also sell fishing line


          • #6
            Thank you, for some reason, always thought that fireline bought from bead shops were treated differently to fish tackle shops.

            Will go on the hunt for this shop at the weekend.


            • #7
              Fireline is a polyetholine braided and pre-waxed thread with a very high strength. It is the strongest fiber per diameter available. Cut with wire cutters or old scissors. 4lb thread is 0.15mm (0.006 inches) in diameter equivalent to Nymo thread size B. It will fit through a size 12 beading needle. Crystal Clear is a translucent white colour.

              So the clear one is not actually clear and yes, fishing line is different from fishing line and wikipedia has provided a description of this

              Modern fishing lines intended for spinning, spin cast, or bait casting reels are almost entirely made from artificial substances, including nylon, polyethylene, Dacron and Dyneema (UHMWPE). The most common type is monofilament, made of a single strand. Fishermen often use monofilament because of its buoyant characteristics and its ability to stretch under load. Recently, other alternatives to standard nylon monofilament lines have been introduced made of copolymers or fluorocarbon, or a combination of the two materials. Fluorocarbon in particular is well regarded for its refractive index, which is similar to that of water and as a result less visible to fish. Fluorocarbon is also a more dense material, and therefore, is not nearly as buoyant as monofilament. Anglers often utilize fluorocarbon when they need their baits to stay closer to the bottom without the use of heavy sinkers. There are also braided fishing lines, cofilament and thermally fused lines, also known as 'superlines' for their small diameter, lack of stretch, and great strength relative to standard nylon monofilament lines. Both braided and thermally fused 'superlines' are now readily available

              So, although I have been using standard monofilament line, I might give superline a go, it's still got to be cheaper than fireline!


              • #8
                Sounds nice the beaded hearts.

                Don't like the look of fishing line but if it's invisible that woukld solve the trick as mentioned. i used navy beadalon thread with my flower earrings in the album and the photo looks completely see through!! I think im going to use the same but in a lighter colour.
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                • #9
                  thanks for your comments, think I will look out for some superline and give it a go. Hope to show a Pic when its done.