On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 11:31:02 -0500, Jenna wrote
(in message ):
Nirvana for all things RAW is Chris Prussing's site:
Chris uses the two needle method, but there's one heck of a lot of stuff
there. OTOH, I never use patterns for things like bracelets in RAW. The
stitch lends itself to so much embellishment, because of all the room between
the beads. I often start out with a plain base of 6 mm cathedral beads and
one row of RAW. Then I go buck wild or not, depending on my mood. The base
bracelet is a superb place to use all your onesies and twosies and funky old
pressed glass beads that don't have a home otherwise.
BTW, I _only_ use a spectra line (PowerPro, Fireline) for RAW. Bracelets
tend to take a beating, crystals can be sharp, and I don't baby my jewelry.
I have kids who've been wearing right angle weave anklets non-stop all school
year, and they're holding up perfectly. Nymo would be a distant memory by
Oh yes, December's Bead and Button has an amazing RAW bracelet in it, IIRC.
On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 19:20:33 -0500, LiisaAnn wrote
(in message ):
Oh yeah, I use crystals. Lots and lots and lots of crystals. Swarovskis
usually have nicely finished holes, but less expensive varieties (Celestial
Crystals comes to mind) are often rather sharp. Since I give away all my
work, the cost of materials is a concern, and I can't afford to give away
Swarovski to every person I meet on the street.
PowerPro, Fireline, Spiderline fusion and the Cabela's house brand (RipCord)
are all pretty equivalent (I "test drove" every brand I could find and wrote
a review for Bead Notes a while back). There are minor differences, the way
the item drapes or the ease of threading, but all are plenty sturdy enough to
handle pretty much anything a bead can dish out. Once in a great while I get
a razor sharp bead that cuts the thread, but I probably should have culled it
The only gotcha is the fact that every one of these lines is a pain to cut.
They're so strong that normal scissors cannot cut them without leaving a
ragged edge. The tool that you need for spectra lines is a pair of
_children's_ Fiskar scissors, available at any discount place for about a
dollar. Something about those scissors, and only those scissors, cuts the
line cleanly. I have worn out two pair of the Fiskars, but that was after
using at least two 1,000 yard spools of line per pair of scissors.
BTW, I just bought the new Cabela's version of line, and will give it a
test-try. It's supposed to be silicone coated and very resistant to
tangling. I'll report back later.
Oh yes, the tiniest diameters are just fine for needleweaving with the line.
I usually buy the four or six lb. test, and it all fits easily through a size
15 beading needle. The advantage to that is that I can make multiple passes
of thread through almost any bead without breaking the bead. However, I have
never used those "33 to the inch" beads, and can't comment on how well the
Spectra would work on those.