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Silk and Nylon Bead Cords

BEAD CALCULATOR:
Calculate the number of beads you will need, with or without using knots.



Also of interest:

Glass Pearls
Gemstone Beads
French Wire
Twist Wire Needles
Pearl, Safety and Box Clasps

Brands Listed Below:
Griffin Nylon and Silk
Finn Silk
Beadsmith Silk
Gudebrod Silk
C-Thru
Stringth Nylon
C-Lon Bead Cord and Micro Bead Cord

Similar Products used in Similar Ways:
Hemp
Waxed Linen, Irish


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.

To see the full range of available threads and cords, please visit these two web-pages:

Cords, Stringing Materials, Chain, Wire


Beading Threads

 NYLON


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.


Griffin Nylon Bead Cord (Click for Full List)
(good quality)

NOTE 12/2008: The distributor has been greatly reducing the size and color options for the nylon bead cord. White will be available in all sizes; black in most sizes; other colors in 2, 4, 6 and 8 only.

Order By Color: amber, amethyst, beige, black, blue, brown, carnelian, coral, dark blue, dark pink, garnet, grey, jade green, light pink, lilac, medium green, red, turquoise, white, yellow

Order By Size: 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 12, 14, 16

 

COLOR CHART

SIZE COMPARISON CHART

Griffin Nylon (now a substance called Polyamid) 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.






Stringth
(high performance nylon)

COLOR AND SIZE CHART

Stringth bead cord is made from synthetic fibers, so it is strong and less likely to fray, shred, or stretch than conventional cord.  It's "slide-easy" finish allows even, consistent knots.  Coat the cord end with superglue to form a self needle.  Not all colors are available in all sizes.   

NOTE: 2011: Stringth is reducing the choices in its line. I'd suggest also trying C-Lon Bead Cord. See Below.




C-Lon Bead Cord (#18)
(high performance nylon)


Similar to Conso on the spool, or Griffin Bead Cord Size #6. Great for bead crochet, macrame, fiber and beads projects, using size 8/0, 6/0 and larger sized seed beads, or Czech glass druk and fire polish beads. Also see C-Lon Micro Bead Cord below.


C-Lon Micro Bead Cord
(high performance nylon)

Similar to Conso on the bobbin, or Griffin Bead Cord Size #2. Great for bead crochet, macrame, fiber and beads projects using 15/0, 11/0 and 8/0 sized seed beads. Also can be used as the warp threads on a loom.

Also see a thicker bead cord C-Lon Bead Cord above and C-Lon TEX 400 Bead Cord below.


C-Lon TEX 400 BEAD CORD
(high performance nylon)

This thicker bead cord is similar to the Griffin Size #10. It is .9mm thick. This comes on 43-yard bobbins.

 


C-Lon Tex 135 Bead Cord
(high performance nylon)

This bead cord is similar to the Griffin Size #4. It is .6mm thick.

 


 



Conso Thread (A thin beading cord)

TWO THICKNESSES:
Thinner:#69 on Bobbins (similar to Nymo G, or Griffin Size #2, or C-Lon Micro Bead Cord)
NOTE: 2008: The thread is not currently available, and as we sell out, assume it will be gone for awhile. Check out the C-Lon Micro Bead Cord as a good substitute.

or,

Thicker
: 2 ounce (apprx 170 yards) Spools (a little thicker than Gudebrod or Beadsmith 100% Silk E, similar to Griffin Size #6, and C-Lon #18 Bead Cord)

COLOR CHART

This upholstery thread (really a bead cord) is a heavy, twisted thread yet supple and flexible. Use bobbins with size 8-11 beads where you need a really stiff tension, or spools with size 6/0-8/0 beads. It's also perfect for stringing our large Czech pressed glass beads (those are the leaves, hearts, drops, triangles, pendants, etc.) You'll find that a milliner's or other sewing needle is easier to use with Conso than a true beading needle which has a long narrow eye. For stringing, use a Big Eye or twisted wire needle or dental bridge floss.

Excellent for bead crochet or netting projects which are to stand alone. Can be used to warp loom. Less stretchy than Nymo, and results in stiffer project.

Conso is sold on bobbins (thinner thread) and spools (thicker thread).

 


C-THRU BEAD CORD

Crystal clear and braided to be extremely durable.  Rough stones are easily discouraged from cutting this strong cord.   It has a low stretch and is easily knotted.  The crystal clear color is perfect for crystal beads or anywhere a clear cord is needed.



 

  SILK


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, Finn and Gudebrod (best quality) brands.


Griffin Silk Bead Cord (Click for Full List)
(good quality)


Order By Color: amber, amethyst, beige, black, blue, brown, carnelian, coral, dark blue, dark pink, garnet, grey, jade green, light pink, lilac, medium green, red, turquoise, white, yellow

Order By Size: 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 12, 14, 16

COLOR CHART

SIZE COMPARISON CHART

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% PURE SILK
(high performance silk)


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 SILK
(high performance silk)

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.


 

 

NOTE: Late Fall 2009, Gudebrod had a manufacturing problem, and stopped producing this product. I don't have much left. In 2010, Gudebrod closed their business, but re-opened in 2011. Because we had to switch brands when Gudebrod closed, we carry the following:

Replacements:
Beadsmith Silk
Finn Silk

Gudebrod Silk
(high performance silk)

COLOR AND SIZE CHART

Truly the desired thread of Kings and Queens down through the centuries. Silk is the finest natural fiber in the world. This smooth, twisted three ply, 100% pure silk thread has the most luxurious feel and the softest sheen of any natural fiber. Our bead cord is extremely supple, yet resistant to stretch and wear. Durable enough to withstand the abrasion of pearls, glass beads, and gemstones. Gudebrod, (also sold under the "Champion" brandname), bead cord is piled from pure Chinese long filament silk. Available in 1/2 ounce spools.   Available in white, all sizes. All Colors available in size E.


PEARLSILK
(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).



 

 

 

PEARL KNOTTING Video Tutorial

Our class is now available online at CraftArtEdu.com
Find Kits and Instructions here.


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. 6 Broadcasts.

Level: All Levels
Duration: 106:17
55-page downloadable handout comes with video tutorial

Also of interest:
Pearls
Glass Pearls
Gemstone Beads
French Wire
Twist Wire Needles

WHEN THE CORD DOESN'T COME WITH A NEEDLE...
What Should I Do?

The Griffin bead cord, both nylon and silk, comes with a needle attached to the end of the cord. This makes it easier to string. It also makes it easier, when knotting, to use a thicker cord and get a larger knot.

However, many bead cord products come on spools and do not have needles attached. What do you do in this case?

First, there are needles that work in this situation. There are two kinds of needles to use with bead cord, and you would probably want to have both on hand. The first is called a Big Eye Needle. You wedge the end of the cord at one end of the needle, and that becomes your trailing end. The other is called a Twist Wire Needle (also known as a Collapsible Eye Needle). A medium size in this needle would probably work fine. Both needles have short life-spans, so you would need to have a bunch on hand at any one time.

Another thing people do with the nylon bead cord is either use superglue on one end, or take a bic lighter to one end to melt it. This makes the end stiff. Then you take a razor blade and cut the very end at an angle, so you have a "needle" at the end of the cord.

 

 

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