Since I was testing out Fireline for bracelets, I decided to try out how it worked in an earring pair.
Bear in mind I was using the heavier 6-lb Fireline, since I’d originally gotten it for bracelets and figured stronger was better. And yes, for bracelets, stiffer does seem to have been better. For earrings – there are a couple places in this design where you need to make multiple thread passes through the same bead; five or more, in some cases. And that became… difficult.
Not impossible, mind. But I have a lot of practice getting thread where it doesn’t want to go.
What’s actually a bit more troublesome is that stiffness. See how the drops are in various odd curves? That’s not a photo artifact of laying the earrings down and trying to ham-handedly take pics. The Fireline is stiff enough that they hang that way even if I picked ’em up and dangled them. Which might be useful in certain earring designs, but isn’t the best for a nice smooth drape of sparklies.
I’m considering getting some 4-lb Fireline to try out for earrings, but it looks like 6-lb is definitely not what I’d prefer to use.
Anyone else have Fireline stories they want to pass on?