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SILK

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BEAD CORDS SIZE COMPARISON CHART 

GRIFFIN (Carded)
   BY SIZE
   BY COLOR

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Griffin Silk Bead Cord on cards with needle for beads and pearls.  Cards have about 6 1/2 feet (2 meters) of cord plus a needle.

Simply take it from the card and off you go.  The twisted stainless steel needle at the end of the cord saves threading time.  Doubling the thread is not necessary.  You can knot the cord easily because the thread has the correct twist.  

The most popular sizes are #0, #1 and #2 for use with pearls, and #4 and #6 for use with other beads.

 

 

BEADSMITH 100% SILK

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A great replacement for Gudebrod Silk. Plied from 100% pure silk, this new twisted three-ply silk cord is luxuriously soft, smooth, and supple, yet durable and stretch-resistant.

Available in White, sizes 00, 0, A, B, C, D, E F, FF, FFF. Available in many other colors in size E, including
bright green, black, brown, chestnut, dark green, ecru, gold, grey, maroon, navy blue, pale green, pink, plum, royal blue, raspberry cream, red, turquoise.

1/2 ounce spools.

 

FINN

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A great replacement for Gudebrod Silk. Comes on spools. Available in White E, and soon in White D and White F. 
1/2 ounce spools.

 

PEARLSILK

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A high performance silk substitute.

Pearls lie beautifully when strung on Pearlsilk. This silk-substitute bead cord knots well, won't sag or stretch, and doesn't tend to fray like silk can. Pearlsilk doesn't absorb moisture and is more economical to use than silk.

Availble in 100-yard spools, in white (sizes B, D, E, F), black (sizes B, D, E, F), and brown (E).

 

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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.

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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.

 

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KITS
PEARL KNOTTING WARREN'S WAY

w/8mm Beads or w/10mm Beads
Bead Stringing Curriculum

Beginner Level


Classic Elegance! Learn a simple Pearl Knotting technique anyone can do. 
No special tools. Beautiful. Durable. Wearable.

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Video Tutorial at http://www.CraftArtEdu.com.  Kits/Instructions at http://www.LandOfOdds.com.  Everything you need to know for successfully designing with pearls, including knotting - traditional vs non traditional methods, attaching clasps, finishing, care of your pearls, repair and types of pearls, the nature of the pearl. Jewelry designer Warren Feld will lead you through this comprehensive CraftArtEdu class that is all about pearls.