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Castaline
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Silk Questions

Post by Castaline »

Not to familiar with silk but recently acquired this old package of what I assume is silk? Nice colors and I tried the long thin wide spools on bodies of soft hackles but it was fraying as I wrapped it and got a little fuzzy. Also it did not "unwind into strands" as I have heard mentioned in discussions of silk.

Is it indeed some old silk and any tips on preventing this fraying as I wrap?
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narcodog
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Re: Silk Questions

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I have some of that same silk and use it occasionally.To help keep it from fraying I drag a section through my wax, then draw it between my fingers to get the fiber aligned. Now if you have ruff hands you should wear cotton gloves. It is really nice stuff to use once you get the hang of it. Or you could send it to me.

joaniebo
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Re: Silk Questions

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Waxing it would be a good idea...also, to check if it is silk, light the edge with a match. If it burns, it's silk or another natural fiber. If it melts into a little black ball, it's synthetic.

redietz
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Re: Silk Questions

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joaniebo wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:59 pm
Waxing it would be a good idea...also, to check if it is silk, light the edge with a match. If it burns, it's silk or another natural fiber. If it melts into a little black ball, it's synthetic.
I was going to suggest that, but it doesn't distinguish between silk and cotton.
Bob

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Re: Silk Questions

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joaniebo wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:59 pm
Waxing it would be a good idea...
On the note of waxing silk and thread, I'll toss in a handy tip. Years ago I "borrowed" one of these from my wife's sewing kit for my leatherworking ventures. Still use them 40+ years later for waxing linen thread and other leather chores. Not long after trying it for leather sewing, it migrated to the fly bench and found a steady presence there.

Best and handiest $3.49 I've ever spent, though I still have one in the package from those days. Priced 49 cents.

tie2fish
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Re: Silk Questions

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BrownBear wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:46 am
joaniebo wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:59 pm
Waxing it would be a good idea...
On the note of waxing silk and thread, I'll toss in a handy tip. Years ago I "borrowed" one of these from my wife's sewing kit for my leatherworking ventures. Still use them 40+ years later for waxing linen thread and other leather chores. Not long after trying it for leather sewing, it migrated to the fly bench and found a steady presence there.

Best and handiest $3.49 I've ever spent, though I still have one in the package from those days. Priced 49 cents.
Very nice find!!

BrownBear
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Re: Silk Questions

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Thanks. I like them for a coupla reasons. The wax is just the right "tack" for room temperature use. That means it's fairly soft, and hence the second reason I like them. With the wax contained in the little plastic holder yet accessible for thread, it doesn't pick up all the detritus usual for a lump of bare soft wax bouncing around your fly tying bench.

ted patlen
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Re: Silk Questions

Post by ted patlen »

it also may be dried out , try removing the first few feet of silk to see if it gets better. you can try saliva as well.

tie with white thread...black will severely darken silk...experiment with black under yellow and white under yellow. just tie two bodies and put them into water...

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Re: Silk Questions

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BrownBear wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:46 am
joaniebo wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:59 pm
Waxing it would be a good idea...
On the note of waxing silk and thread, I'll toss in a handy tip. Years ago I "borrowed" one of these from my wife's sewing kit for my leatherworking ventures. Still use them 40+ years later for waxing linen thread and other leather chores. Not long after trying it for leather sewing, it migrated to the fly bench and found a steady presence there.

Best and handiest $3.49 I've ever spent, though I still have one in the package from those days. Priced 49 cents.
Wow, nice idea; I never would have thought of that. My wife has a couple of those in her sewing room! ...one is about disappear.

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