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 Post subject: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 16th, 2019, 8:29 pm 
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Does anyone have a source for real metal tinsel? I’m looking for gold and silver.
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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 16th, 2019, 9:51 pm 
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Try sending a pm to Greg Ponte on this site. Greg is a pretty serious collector of fly tying materials who buys a lot of stuff from estates and often gets whole collections. He's got more materials than most fly shops, and kind of specializes in what is old and obscure.


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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 16th, 2019, 10:12 pm 
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So, do you think it’s not made anymore? I found a couple of sites that have limited supplies or Lagartun flat tinsel at about $8 per spool. I was hoping there might be something cheaper available. I might bite the bullet and order some. I’m trying to get back to tying with natural materials and flash is the hardest to substitute.


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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 17th, 2019, 9:59 am 
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Lagartun did go out of business for a spell, as the owner retired, but it was reopened a couple years ago. I think the price reflects increased production costs as compared to mylar, etc... As an alternative- a lot of folks seem to like tinsels made by Veevus. But Lagartun is the standard for metal tinsels- and a lot of folks will only use that. Mylar is better for body wraps in my opinion, as it is a little easier to work with, stretches, and the underbody doesn't have to be quite as perfect before you wrap the tinsel.

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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 17th, 2019, 10:36 am 
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Hunter wrote:
Lagartun did go out of business for a spell, as the owner retired, but it was reopened a couple years ago. I think the price reflects increased production costs as compared to mylar, etc... As an alternative- a lot of folks seem to like tinsels made by Veevus. But Lagartun is the standard for metal tinsels- and a lot of folks will only use that. Mylar is better for body wraps in my opinion, as it is a little easier to work with, stretches, and the underbody doesn't have to be quite as perfect before you wrap the tinsel.

Thanks, I think I’ll order some and give it a go. I use tinsel mostly as a rib material and I like that the real stuff doesn’t get cut and unravel so easily. I’m also trying to get away from synthetics.


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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 17th, 2019, 11:04 am 
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Years ago we used to use the wrappings from wine bottle tops. Use an exacto to cut very fine strips.

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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 17th, 2019, 12:04 pm 
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dryflie wrote:
Years ago we used to use the wrappings from wine bottle tops. Use an exacto to cut very fine strips.

Clever idea. I use a copper pot scrubber for copper tinsel


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 Post subject: Re: Real tinsel
PostPosted: January 17th, 2019, 10:07 pm 
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I coat my bodies with Hard as Nails to keep the Mylar intact.

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