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Siebert Force Beads.....MAGNETIZED???

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So, I got my order in from Siebert Outdoors. Very pleased indeed. Highest quality components. I'm yet to fish any of it yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to using this stuff. That said, when I opened my size 6 Force Beads they were all clinging together. I took one out and it immediately latched on to the tungsten weight I had purchased from them. So, I tried other metal items. Sure enough, all the beads are magnetized. Which kinda defeats the purpose as I was intending to use them as a noisemaking clacker between my weight and hook. Can anyone give me some input here?  I even dropped them several times to demagnetize them to no avail. I'm stumped as to the point of magnetism. It's not in the description on the website either. 

 

As you can see in the pic, I held them up with my needle nose and they all clung together. 

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They clack against weights just fine.  They pick up little pieces (slivers) of metal off the lake bottom as well.

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Have you called mike?

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6 minutes ago, slonezp said:

Have you called mike?

Nope. Didn't intend to. I was just curious if this was intentional. And if so, what the advantages were. 

12 minutes ago, webertime said:

They clack against weights just fine.  They pick up little pieces (slivers) of metal off the lake bottom as well.

These won't. The magnetism is too strong. Now, I could use lead weights, but that defeats the whole idea.  

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Mike should be able to answer your question and/or resolve the issue. 

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I've used Vike Tungsten force beads, and they behaved the same way.   Once rigged they are fine.

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I've purchased tungsten beads that acted the same way. My guess is that they sometimes are using a magnetized wire or tool to hold the beads while powder coating, which in turn magnetizes the beads. They will eventually lose this magnetization over time depending on how long they were exposed. There are methods for demagnetizing metals, and if you have a donut shaped magnet you can bend out a paper clip, run the beads over the wire and then pass the beads through the hole of the magnet a few times without touching the magnet. Do not pass the beads on the outside of the magnet as this will magnetize them. (Picture shows a screw driver being demagnetized.)

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Mine do the same thing, I thought it was intentional to be honest.  Not sure how much “noise” they make, I would imagine it’s a little bit of added noise if you compared it to a rig with no bead, but probably not a lot.  The reason that I use them is more to protect the terminal knot from constantly getting crashed into by a heavy tungsten weight.  These serve that purpose and will not crack or break from the hard and heavy tungsten weight like glass beads will.  If you’re really looking to make some noise with the rig underwater I’d look into rattles.  

 

 

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I use  2 beads on my Carolina rig a 6 and a 8. My sixes stick together and my eights Stick together, but  none of them stick together on the Carolina rig. I think I read somewhere that magnetism is a good thing, as fish are drawn to it. Sounds weird, I'm  not so sure

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This is my first time hearing about "force beads".  Sounds like a good idea and after some "googling" found out they are pretty loud.

 

I use glass beads and do not really go heavy on the tungsten/Brass to break the bead but was wondering do they make this bead with facets like the glass bead?

 

TIA

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8 hours ago, dgkasper58 said:

This is my first time hearing about "force beads".  Sounds like a good idea and after some "googling" found out they are pretty loud.

 

I use glass beads and do not really go heavy on the tungsten/Brass to break the bead but was wondering do they make this bead with facets like the glass bead?

 

TIA

This is my first experience with force beads. Siebert beads are powder coated and smooth. I plan to use them next week on a several day excursion, weather permitting. So, I hope to have a better idea of how well they work. 

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The beads should be degaussed prior to shipping, contact Mike and let him know his tungsten beads are magnetic.

Tom

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