A worldwide increase in the manufacturers of cable ties have pushed down the prices of cable ties, making them a relatively cheap material to work with in the arts, something which Director of Tones Ties, Ed Oliver has recently seen more of;
"Arts students have come to us for bulk supplies of cable ties, and we've been able to show them the variety of ties that they can use to create their arts. Recently we gave a generous bulk discount to some local artists and they have shown us some very clever art made from ties."
The cheapness of the ties is attributable to the quality - especially in any nylon cable ties, which can shatter under pressure if the quality is as low as the cost. "These cheaper, lower quality ties are fine for incredibly short periods of time, but for secure tensioning and long lasting use, high quality ties from established and reputable manufacturers are always the best option - even if you do pay £10 more per 10,000."
Ed Oliver went on to say "I started this company in 1988, selling UK made cable ties to electricians and tradesmen at building sites. We're now 24yrs down the line, thanks to only ever supplying a quality cable tie every time, and we are selling these cable ties to art students at our offices and sending deliveries out every day to sites and homes across the UK - the industry has come a long way." http://www.tonesties.co.uk
"We know our stuff when it comes to cable ties, and cable management, and we know we offer the highest quality of cable ties at the lowest prices, so this is why a lot of people come to us, no matter what they are using ties for."
From a humble beginning of cable tidy in electrical works, cable ties are now used widely in packaging for holding products onto backing cards, and many toys and models are held into position in their boxes with cable ties. Those are a couple examples of how they are used in everyday life, but in industry, they have specific roles, for example, they are used to seal bags in the food industry or so to secure the tops of mouth sacks.
These versatile, simple fastening strips evolved from an idea to an essential tradesman equipment – the toolbox essentials are often used to hold hubcaps on to car wheels. Forestry workers and landscapers will use ties to hold rabbit guards to stakes and support saplings whilst they are growing, and if you happen to know any shellfish farmers, ask them about how they use cable ties to secure scallop sacks to the drop lines or how ties are used on lobster pots.
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EXAMPLES OF CABLE TIE ART - we are not claiming that Tones Ties supplied these materials;