Cutting You Off: Beading Tools for Cutting Your Beading Thread

So before I go making all kinds of jokes about cutting you off, cutting it out, and cutting to the point, I just want to say this: the beading tools that you use for cutting your favorite beading thread can be serious business!

Depending on what type of beading thread you prefer to use, there are many different beading tools that you can use for cutting that thread. I used to be a die-hard Nymo fan, but in the last three years, I've started using more Wildfire and Fireline in my bead-weaving projects. And if you've ever tried to make a clean cut of Fireline using a pair of embroidery scissors, you know that which beading tool you choose for cutting thread can make a big difference between getting that beading needle threaded on the first try or the tenth attempt.

Over the years, I've amassed quite a collection of beading tools just for cutting my beading thread.

In a pinch, an ordinary pair of craft scissors is a good way to cut your Fireline or Wildfire beading thread. You can find these kinds of scissors at your local craft store, sometimes in the kids' crafts section, for around two dollars a pair.

When using these scissors, I found that I had to pull my beading thread tight over the blade before actually making the cut. Even so, it didn't always leave me a clean cut on the end of my beading thread.

Another disadvantage of these scissors is that they are most definitely not airline-friendly for traveling.

When I purchased a Lisa Peters Art ring kit a few months ago, included in the kit was a handy little thread cutter, meant so that you could sit down and start beading on the kit as soon as you got it! While I loved the concept of instant-gratification beading, these thread cutters left a little to be desired.

I found that I had to draw the thread tightly over one blade before making the cut, and the mechanism wasn't kind to my hands. I can see where someone with arthritis or weak hands might have a problem using these to make lots of cuts to beading thread.

On the other hand, the tiny blades make it pretty darn easy to zoom in when you need to get a close cut in a tight space between beads.

My Rapala scissors for cutting Fireline were a gift from none other than NanC Meinhardt! And what a brilliant idea — after all, Fireline is fishing line, and what better to cut fishing line than the same scissors that are sold in sporting goods stores specifically for cutting fishing line!

These scissors are easy to use and small enough that I can pack them along whenever I travel with my beads.

The only downside to these scissors is that I can't always get in close to make a neat cut in tight spaces.

My new favorite beading tools for cutting thread are these heavy duty Fireline scissors from Xuron. Not only are they extremely easy to use and make a clean cut every time, but those tiny, sharp blades are perfect for getting into tight spaces between beads. I love the spring-loaded action on these scissors, and find that they also make beautiful cuts of S-Lon for kumihimo projects and even my old favorite, Nymo.

If you're looking to invest in a pair of quality scissors, these heavy duty Xuron cutters retail for around twenty dollars. Yes, they cost more than the other options for cutting your beading thread, but these are some serious beading tools that are truly built to last!

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Do you have a favorite beading tool for cutting your beading thread? I am in love with my Xuron cutters! Leave a comment and tell us what you like to use to cut your beading thread, plus any tips for getting clean cuts on your Fireline or Wildfire beading thread, here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,


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