Fireline is a pre-waxed, braided cord consisting of gel-spun polyethylene which is known as the strongest fibre, per diameter, ever created. It’s an incredibly popular thread in the beading community, and its 4lb and 6lb versions are ideal for bead weaving with delcias. It does not fray easily, rarely knots and will last a very long time.
You might think, that sounds great … sign me up! Indeed there are beaders out there where Fireline is all they will use.
I am not of that opinion, as much as I like Fireline, I will only use it occasionally. Many of my designs are shaped 3D and I find Fireline can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the beadwork compared to threads like Nymo and KO. A piece beaded with Fireline will be much stiffer. As there is little to no give in the thread, I find that if I am looking for a smooth shape to my beadwork, Fireline can negatively affect the design – making it look jaggardy. Having said that, sometimes I can use the stiffness of the beadwork to create self-supporting shapes that are just not possible with Nymo and this is where Fireline excels.
Fireline does have some other considerations you need to think about. Firstly, you can undo rows of beadwork without it affecting the thread (which is not possible with Nymo) which is a great plus if not a little laborious. But if you need to cut out a section it is not easy at all. Fireline is a strong thread so you can't use your normal scissors to cut it as they will blunt. This is one of the main reasons I don’t bead with it a lot (that and cost) - as a designer I get through a lot of thread and need to chop and change my beadwork a lot. See our tip on how to cut Fireline here Tip: Cutting Thread