(Luckhoff, Free State, South Africa)
It’s always hard to see the tip of the fishing line when stringing beads. Do the following:
Use a black permanent marker and mark the tip of the fishing line (the side that you will be using to feed the bead).
Leave a couple of seconds to dry and Wala!!!!
Now it will be easier to feed the beads onto the line.
Making the fishing line visible
Brilliant idea, Merinda – and what an eye-saver. Thanks so much for sharing this beading tip with us!
I love smart, simple, quick fixes like this.
Beading with Fishing Line
I, too, use fishing line for my designs. It’s wonderful to use especially, if you know people that loves jewelry but is allergic to metals. One problem I have found is sometimes the line will stretch causing gaps in my necklaces or may slide loose from my crimps. Since, I have been using the wire guards, my problem is minimized and the wire guards, to me, adds an elegant finish to my pieces. This tip I will keep in mind. Thanks,
What a brilliant idea – so simple when you think about it – why didn’t we all think of that?! 🙂
fishing line gaps
Beverly – to keep the fishing line from stretching – do not hang the jewelry and instruct your customers to do the same.
It is the weight of the beads/gems when the necklace is hanging is what causes the stretching and pulling from the crimps.
If you are making bracelets/necklaces using the magnetic barrel clasps, you can use a lighter and burn the ends to form a ball as well.
sweetener container to hold seed beads
Thank you so much for all your nice comments on my post…
Dit you know that you can use a sweetener container for seed beads and drop them out one by one as you need them, just like you’ll be dropping out the sweetener tablets into your coffee or tea.
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I tried it.
I tried a good while back to paint the black marker on the end of the “cat gut” because I could never see it either. All I accomplished was getting ink on my fingers. I thought I had thoroughly let it dry. Maybe I should try again
sometime. Did you use the marker for fabrics?
Thanks for telling those who didn’t know.