Polyethylene beading threads, like FireLine, are some of the most durable bead weaving threads available. If I use FireLine to weave a project I’m confident my jewelry won’t break or tear over time. But the durability that makes a project last longer can also wreak havoc on your beading scissors. Luckily you can use today’s trick to cut your FireLine cleanly and preserve your tools!
Cutting FireLine with the wrong type of scissors will damage your tool and your thread. It can take 2-3 tries to cut through FireLine with a regular pair of beading scissors, a process that dulls the blade of your scissors and frays your thread. Instead, I keep an old pair of wire cutters in my tool kit just for FireLine! These cutters are tough enough to cut through the FireLine, but are already so battered and well-used that I’m not worried about them dulling down and ruining a tool I’ve invested in.
You can also use scissors with a special blade to get a perfectly cut piece of FireLine. The Xuron Thread and Fiber Scissors have serrated edges that snip right through FireLine! These scissors are great for all kinds of fiber stringing materials and keep their edge well over time.
What tricks do you use to get the best results with FireLine?
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen