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What is Braided Beading Thread?
- Maria
A.
Braided beading thread is a fiber that is made by braiding strong fibers together and differs from other beading threads since most are twisted. FireLine™ is one example of braided beading thread. It's a pre-waxed, braided cord consisting of gel-spun polyetholene--which is known as the strongest fiber, per diameter, ever created. It doesn't fray, is easy to thread and has a tensile strength of up to 6 pounds. Its UV protected so won't decay in sunlight, and is a good choice for beads that have abrasive holes like crystals. It comes in crystal and smoke color as well as many sizes. FireLine can be colored using permanent markers so that it matches your project. It is recommend to cut FireLine with flush-cutters, wire nippers or a Fiber Fuse™ Thread Burner, and to use a Wide-Eye Needle™ when stringing for the best results.

Refer to the ''Thread, Cord and Wire Information'' chart in our EncycloBEADia® for a complete list of thread types and their properties.

- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Swarovski crystal Ambassador

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