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BEAD CORD

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BEAD CORDS SIZE COMPARISON CHART

NYLON BEAD CORD

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   GRIFFIN (Carded)
   C-LON
   STRINGTH
   CONSO

 

Nylon is the modern way of bead stringing.   Nylon does not fray as much, or stretch as much, as the silk.  High performance nylon does not stretch. 
We carry Griffin (good quality), Stringth (best quality), and C-Lon Bead Cord and C-Lon Micro Bead Cord (best quality) brands.

SILK BEAD CORD

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   GRIFFIN (Carded)
   BEADSMITH 100% SILK
   FINN
   PEARLSILK

 


100% real silk is the traditional way of bead stringing.   We suggest using silk cords when your project is all pearls or mostly pearls.  Other stringing materials hurt the pearls.  Silk tends to fray and stretch.
 Silk breaks down in 3-5 years, so anything strung with silk will have to be restrung.

We carry Griffin (good quality) and Beadsmith, and Finn(best quality) brands.

 

 

 

 

 

BEAD CORDS vs. THREADS

People often confuse BEAD CORDS and THREADS.


Beading Threads are very thin ribbons, and are meant to be fully covered with beads, thus hidden within your pieces. They are typically waxed with beeswax to keep them from fraying. Threads, once waxed, are actually stronger and more durable than bead cords, but they are unsightly. Threads are used in both bead weaving and bead stringing projects.

 

Beading Cords are threads that are braided together, to make them visually attractive. But you don't wax bead cords -- this would make them ugly. So bead cords will have problems of fraying and stetching that waxed threads will not. Bead Cords are used for projects where you want the cord to show, like putting knots between beads, or tin cup necklaces where you have a cluster of beads, then a length of cord showing, and then another cluster of beads, then the cord, and so forth.

 

SIZE COMPARISON CHARTS

 

Remember that the size of the bead's hole must be larger than the diameter of the cord.

 

No. 0 - apprx 0.30mm (.012")
No. 1 - apprx 0.35mm (.014")
No. 2 - apprx 0.45mm (.018")
No. 3 - apprx 0.50mm (.020")
No. 4 - apprx 0.60mm (.024")
No. 5 - apprx 0.65mm (.026")
No. 6 - apprx 0.70mm (.028")
No. 7 - apprx 0.75mm (.030")
No. 8 - apprx 0.80mm (.032")
No. 10 - apprx 0.90mm (.036")
No. 12 - apprx 0.98mm (.039")
No. 14 - apprx 1.02mm (.040")
No. 16 - apprx 1.05mm (.042")

 


C-Lon Nylon Bead Cord Sizes

 

Micro (similar to Griffin No. 2) - apprx 0.45mm (.018")
Tex-135 (similar to Griffin No. 4) - apprx 0.60mm (.024")
#18 Regular (similar to Griffin No. 6) - apprx 0.70mm (.028")
Tex-400 (Similar to Griffin No. 10) - apprx 0.90mm (.036")

 

 

 

STRINGTH Nylon Bead Cord SIZES

 

   
#0 - .0078"; #1 - .011"; #2 - .013", #3 - .016", #5 - .022"; #6 - .029", #7 - .035"

 



Silk Size Chart for Finn, Beadsmith and Gudebrod Brands:

 

Size

00

0

A

B

C

D

E

F

FF

FFF

DIAMETER
inches (mm)

.005(.0127)

.006(.152)

.007(.178)

.008(.203)

.0108(.274)

.012(.305)

.0128(.325)

.0137(.348)

.015(.381)

.0165(.419)

1/2 OUNCE SPOOL LENGTH

700 YDS.

600 YDS.

425 YDS.

390 YDS.

310 YDS.

260 YDS.

200 YDS.

140 YDS.

115 YDS.

92 YDS.

 

 

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