The “man” thread burner was introduced to our bead society by NanC Meinhardt. She calls it that because its bigger and more powerful (and needs 2 AA batteries instead of just one). I got mine in a group buy with the Dallas Bead Society.
Now I have to admit, I’ve never used the regular size thread burners, but I LOVE my “man” burner. I just gave it a really great test drive while creating a freeform peyote bracelet. Threads stick out everywhere when I do freeform, and since beading freeform creates so many tight akward spaces , it can be hard to get in there with scissors and clip the threads short enough. This thing heats up quickly and cauterizes threads very efficiently. No more clipping a thread shorter and shorter, watching it fray, and then still being able to see it sticking out of your work!
I googled “Max Wax” the brand, and many places to purchase them came up. This is my first thread burner. I know others in my bead society have used the smaller version, and I was told they tend to burn out sooner. They all love the upgrade. Now I never bead without my “man” next to me! (Think of all the jokes you could come up with, hehe). I don’t know how I ever lived without it!
Using a Thread Burner
Just press the button, which causes the tip to heat up instantly. You can see it turn red hot in seconds! Then, touch the hot tip to your thread and it will shrink and melt right up against your work. Its normal to see light wisps of smoke. The small tip allows for precision placement to the thread you wish to burn. I use Nymo, but it also works with other nylon and fishing-line type threads. Finally, no more “hairy” beadwork!
What do you think? Do you use a thread burner? What has your experience been like? Please share with us in the comments!