How do I choose which stringing material to use: beading wire, nylon thread or elastic cords? What size do I use?
Your stringing material choice depends entirely on what type of beads and component you want to use in your design. Heavier components, as well as sharp-edged metal or stone, require sturdier stringing material. Lighter weight and softer materials can be strung on more delicate thread or cord.
For seed beads, Nymo® nylon thread is a popular choice. It's lightweight, durable and comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors, as well as in two different spool sizes.
FireLine® thread works well with seed beads and crystals, and is one of the most popular products on the market. Renowned for its exceptional strength and versatility, FireLine® is strong, durable, doesn't stretch or tangle and threads effortlessly--try it with the Wide-Eye Needle™. FireLine® is also UV protected to withstand the weakening effects of sunlight.
For stringing metal beads and "hard" gem bead materials such as garnet, rock crystal, amethyst, etc., many of our customers prefer Silkon® nylon thread. Since metal and ''hard'' gem bead materials tend to have abrasive edged drill holes, they tend to fray silk or softer cords. Silkon bonded nylon thread is a synthetic material that drapes and knots like silk, but resists fraying and has incredible strength. It comes in light, medium and heavyweight and in a wide variety of colors.
For stringing pearls, the traditional thread is genuine silk since other stringing materials can damage soft materials such as pearls and amber. But don't limit yourself, silk can be used for other beaded pieces as well. This natural material has the widest range of sizes, as well as the largest variety of colors of any of the materials listed here.
For stretch bracelets and necklaces, elastic cord is the answer. Elastic cord knots well and is easy to string and use.
For durable and long-lasting jewelry, many designers choose Accu-Flex® beading wire. Accu-Flex is a strong nylon-coated multi-strand cable available in various thicknesses, colors and metals. Different thicknesses of Accu-Flex can carry different weights.
The more strands a wire is made of, the more flexible it is. The measurement of this wire is in inches. The ultra-lightweight wire is 0.012-inch and it is best used with beads that have small beading holes, such as pearls. The heavyweight wire, 0.024-inch is best used with heavy jewelry projects. This wire can be used to string the heaviest nuggets and metal beads.