When I tie in bead chain eyes I leave the chain WHOLE and
just tie in the last two "eyes" with a couple diagonal turns - THEN
cut the chain - then finish tying the eyes. This allows me to #1) NOT
chase down the eyes as they fly around the house and #2) the long
side gives me a great handle when tying those first couple of turns.
I buy either 3'-4' lengths that are pre-cut/pre-packaged in the Lights
Department at my local hardware store. If you find a store that sells
it right off the roll - HEAVEN! Buy ~3' to 4' and you can have a
lifetime supply for a couple of dollars and there is usually a couple of
different sizes to choose from.
Also, if a local company is remodeling and has the blinds with the
extra-large bead chain that they are getting rid of -- well, I always
like free tying materials - especially hard to find items! ~ Kim Bowman
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board here at FAOL too.
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