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 Types and Sizes of Beading Thread and Stringing Material 

Applications of Stringing Material
Beads with smooth drill holes (amber, coral, etc.)
Silk, polyester or nylon
Beads with abrasive drill holes
FireLine® thread, polyester or nylon
Beads that are metal, large or have large drill holes
Accu-Flex®, FireLine, Acculon® or Tiger Tail™
Pearls
Silk thread
Ropes or Woven Necklaces
Nylon
*This is a smooth woven type of wire that is flexible, but yet will resist cutting or breaking, and is used to string heavy crystal and metal beads. The sharp edges and heavy weight of these types of beads will cut regular threading cord.

Silk

Colored American Silk
Thickest to thinnest: FFF, FF, F, E only

Silk on Card (white or colored)
Thickest to thinnest: 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3

Silk Cords and Threads
(Cord and thread sizes are listed smallest to largest.)
Inches (")
Millimeters (mm)
Various Silk Cord
0.0050
0.1270
...
...
...
0.0060
0.1524
...
...
...
0.0070
0.1778
...
...
...
0.0080
0.2032
...
...
0.0108
0.2743
...
...
...
0.0118
0.3
...
...
...
0.0120
0.3048
...
...
...
0.0128
0.3251
...
...
0.0137
0.3480
...
...
...
0.01378
0.35
...
...
...
0.015
0.381
...
...
...
0.0165
0.4191
...
...
0.0177
0.45
...
...
...
0.01969
0.5
...
...
...
0.02362
0.6
...
...
...
0.02559
0.65
...
...
...
0.02756
0.7
...
...
...
0.02953
0.75
...
...
...
0.0315
0.8
...
...
...
0.03543
0.9
...
...
...
0.03858
0.98
...
...
...
0.0393
1
...
...
...
0.04016
1.02
...
...
...
0.04134
1.05
...
...
...
Nylon Cords and Threads
(Cord and thread sizes are listed smallest to largest.)
Inches (")
Millimeters (mm)
Various NylonThread
0.004
0.1016
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.005
0.127
...
...
...
...
...
0.006
0.1524
...
...
...
...
0.007
0.1778
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.008
0.2032
...
...
...
...
...
0.0108
0.2743
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.0118
0.3
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.012
0.3048
...
...
...
0.01378
0.35
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.0165
0.4191
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.0177
0.45
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.01969
0.5
...
...
...
...
...
0.02362
0.6
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.02559
0.65
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.02756
0.7
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.02953
0.75
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.0315
0.8
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.03543
0.9
...
...
...
...
...
0.03858
0.98
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.04016
1.02
...
...
...
...
...
...
0.04134
1.05
...
...
...
...
...
...
Monofilament Cords and Threads
(Cord and thread sizes are smallest to largest.)
Inches (")
Millimeters (mm)
Translucent Cords and Threads
Various Monofilament Thread
0.0019
0.05
...
...
...
0.0023
0.06
...
...
...
0.0031
0.08
...
...
...
0.0039
0.1
...
...
0.005
0.13
...
...
...
0.0059
0.15
...
...
...
0.0071
0.18
...
...
0.0078
0.2
...
...
0.009
0.23
...
...
...
0.0098
0.25
...
...
...
0.0118
0.3
...
...
...
0.0393
1
...
...
...
0.59
1.5
...
...
...
0.787
2
...
...
...
0.1574
4
...
...
...


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