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sirensrising
« on: August 06, 2007 09:41:55 AM »

...you know it would look really cool, if it was physically possible.

How do you tame the beast? As I'm sure you all know, it seperates into about 12 different wiry pieces when you just look at it, let alone use it. Maybe it's easier with cross-stitching? I have some really pretty pale gold, silver and bronze threads and I'd probably like to use them sometime.

Any tips? I was thinking of smothering them in hair gel to keep the thread together, but, you know, sticky.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2007 01:02:37 PM »

I've heard about people using vaseline or the kind of grease you use for instruments. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007 01:18:59 PM »

Would bees wax work?
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 04:02:28 PM »

remember that anything that you put on the thread will bleed over to other threads and the canvas... I can't picture an application where that wouldn't matter, but I'm sure it's possible

As an experienced cross-stitcher,  my advice is to avoid it if at all possible, I do.   Smiley   It's a total PITA to work with. 

Alternatively, I would clip the threads and work with 1/2 the length that you usually would as it degrades with each pass.  Also it would be helpful to treat it as if you were using the hand-dyed threads (like Weeks) and do a complete X at a time and not run in one direction and back the other way.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007 06:03:49 PM »

I've only done it once. I singed the ends of the thread with a lighter as I cut them. It made a tiny bump of melted thread at the end but it wasn't bad. It did keep the the strands from splitting apart too badly. I'm sure I don't need to tell anyone to be very careful if they try this. But I did anyway.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007 07:38:18 PM »

I actually use a needle threader when working with metallic thread. I must have short attention span though, after I sew with it, I swear I never will again, then there is a next time.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007 09:01:22 AM »

I use thread conditioner I bought mine at Ben Franklin's in Seattle but you can get it a Joann's here is the link to what it looks like http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3227&PRODID=prd12014&source=search
I love it just for normally embroidery and rayon thread too.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2007 11:34:31 AM »

Oh! Thanks Beetastic! I'm gonna try some of that.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007 11:17:33 AM »

Oh, I gotta give big ups to Thread heaven.  It is the only thing I've found that makes metallic thread worth the effort.  It makes the thread go through the fabric like buttah.  You still need to use short lengths of thread though. 

Out of curiosity, what brand of metallic thread are you using?  I've found DMC to be particularly nasty, even with thread heaven.
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 11:29:33 AM »

For the skeins of embroidery/needlework metallic thread--work short or couch it.

Metallic threads for machine stitching hold up much better. It is more fine though and using more than one strand at a time might create problems--you will have to experiment. I use a lot of this for hand embroidery. Probably more economical too than the other stuff.

For either, I use a large eye needle so the hole the thread passes through is bigger than the diameter of the thread.
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