Tiger tail wire

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Tiger tail wire (also called tiger tail or tiger-tail) is a thin wire encased in nylon often used in beaded jewellery, and particularly suited to stringing heavy beads and sharp beads, which tend to fray other kinds of thread. [1] For this reason, tiger tail is the thread of choice for gemstones. [2]

Some tiger tail has multiple intertwined wire threads under the nylon coating. [3] The wire threads are made of stainless steel. [4]

Tiger tail cannot be fashioned into a knot in order to end a sequence of beads as other kinds of thread can, [5] therefore crimp beads are often used for this purpose instead. [6] Crimp beads are also used as spacers between other beads strung on tiger tail. [7]

Among the types of wire used for bead stringing, tiger tail is the most common. [8] Tiger tail is easier to use than many other kinds of thread, and it does not require the use of a sewing needle. [9] Tiger tail has high ultimate tensile strength and is therefore extremely difficult to tear, [10] but if it is creased or twisted, tiger tail has a tendency to kink and then become brittle in the kinked area. [11]

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