I have been working on a custom order piece this week, but took some time out to play with the pointed oval from Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork. I made this little chain as well as an embellished link. I used Fireline and Toho Treasures. A thread burner is on my wish list, but in the meantime I've been playing around with various methods of achieving the same result. I've heated a metal skewer, a toothpick, and tried using an old heated eyelash curler. Nothing really worked. I did not, however, melt my cord ends with a lighter as suggested in Shaped Beadwork. Just thinking about this gave me anxiety. What do you do with the ends of your threads after you cut them? Should I shell out the $25 for a thread burner? Do you have a better way?