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« on: January 23, 2006 04:20:52 PM »

hello!

i've got a length of tiger tail i've been using to make necklaces with but i'm never happy with the results. there always seems to be a kink in the wire and the necklaces never fall nice. anyone know if it's possible to get rid of the kink or if there's a way to avoid it? what's the best material to make a necklace with, someone that is thin enough to go through small beads and things but can be fastened with a clasp.

thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006 04:30:49 PM »

Man, I feel you on that...I HATE tiger tail, it always ends up looking wierd whenever I use it...But I've found there are many cool things to use, depending on the project.

I've been known to use thin ribbon (esp for things with large beads and whatnot) and a high-test monofilament (like superstout fishing line & crimp beads with the loose tail tucked back through the beads or cut & superglued after the crimp) And I like a nice thin chain too...so versatile. But then there's always strong thread...but with the wrong things it looks kinda limp...but with the right materials, can be cool, I have a netted collar/choker thing that I used thread & TINY seed beads for and it drapes fabulously.

My favorite thing for the last couple of yea, though, is old strings from my boyfriend's 5-string bass & his acoustic guitar. You can pull out the last loop where you cut it and solder it to itself and just throw on a jump ring and a clasp, but it won't solder much at all to the rings themselves. I have some killer rock accessories from that. And if you don't have access to free strings, you can get crappy guitar strings at some hole-in-the-wall shops for $3 a pkg (for 6)

Hope I've been helpful!

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2006 06:28:59 PM »

In order of good to best (in my opinion):
Accuflex
Beadalon
Softflex/Softtouch

If you are knotting necklaces, using bead tips, Fireline 6# GSP Fishing line is great.

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2006 04:19:53 PM »

Tiger tail used to be the only flexible beading wire, but now there are more options. Soft Touch is my favorite.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2006 05:37:59 AM »

the trick when using tiger tail is to get the one that has a high wire count.  the one I use is Beadalon, 49 strands.  It costs more but you can't use anything but tigertail in certain applications so you may as well have something of good quality.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2006 09:42:32 AM »

thanks so much for your help! i think i'll give the fishing line a whirl, i've never thought of that before. plus i assume it's pretty affordable. wish me luck.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2006 12:18:17 PM »

the trick when using tiger tail is to get the one that has a high wire count.  the one I use is Beadalon, 49 strands.  It costs more but you can't use anything but tigertail in certain applications so you may as well have something of good quality.

Beadalon isn't tigertail - tigertail isn't the same as the nylon covered beading wires (softflex, soft touch, beadalon and accuflex)   Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2006 12:28:22 PM »

Can you explain the difference kitschkitty?  They all say it's nylon coated stainless steel.  I know that some tiger tail is woven or braided...  Staighten a sister out?   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2006 04:55:11 PM »

As far as I know tiger tail only comes in 3 or 7 strands and it is generally stiffer than the other types of beading wire and it kinks much more easily.

The beading wires are available in 7 strand (Beadalon, soft touch, accuflex) (which is still stronger than tiger tail) 19 strand and 49 strand (beadalon, softflex, soft touch, accuflex) 21 strand (accuflex).

The higher the strand count the softer, more flexible and better the drape. These beading wires are also available in a wider range of diameters from .010 to .036 so you can choose a thicker wire for bigger and heavier beads and much finer wire for pearls or seed beads etc.

Basically I think these manufacturers have been able to invest the time and money into creating better (than old fashioned tiger tail) "branded" beading wires that are more versatile and made with better manufacturing processes.

Hope thats helpful.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2006 06:04:11 PM »

so basically as far as I understand, they are all (including tiger tail) stainless steel coated in nylon and the difference is the steel thread count?  I've worked with jewelry for 21 of my 29 years and currently restore antique heirloom jewelry for a living.  We call all the high thread count tiger tail at work.  Are we using old terms, do they not like to associate the original basic tiger tail with the better products available now?
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