Topics: Beading Wire, Tigertail, Strength

What is the difference between "tigertail" wire and regular beading wire? Which is the strongest for lanyards and badge holders? Thanks,
- Denise

Tigertail™ is an economical type of stringing wire made with 7 stainless steel cables that are braided together then coated with a layer of nylon. It is recommended for beads with sharp holes or rough edges around the bead hole. Tigertail is not kink resistant so when it kinks, those kinks cannot be worked out. Tigertail should be closed off with crimp beads.

Accu-Flex® beading wire is a flexible, kink resistant stringing wire that has a large number of thin stainless steel cables braided together and finished with a nylon coating. There are four different strand counts; 7 strand, 19 strand, 21 strand and 49 strand. Each one provides a different level of flexibility, strength and affordability. 49 strand is the most flexible and the strongest. Within each strand count there are different diameters to suit the size bead and bead hole, i.e., 0.012-inch diameter is a great choice when working with cultured freshwater pearls and 0.024 is ideal for larger hole or heavier beads. Crimps are used to secure this beading wire to a finding once the beads have been strung on. The smaller diameter varieties of beading wire can also be knotted to finish the design.

For a long lanyard/badge holder choose from the variety of Accu-Flex for its flexibility and tensile strengths and to avoid permanent kinks when worn.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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