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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The most popular sizes
are #0, #1 and #2 for use with pearls, and #4 and #6
for use with other beads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
sold on bobbins (thinner thread) and spools (thicker
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
in 100-yard spools, in white (sizes B, D, E, F), black (sizes
B, D, E, F), and brown (E).
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
55-page downloadable handout comes with video tutorial
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.
bead cord products come on spools and do not have needles attached.
What do you do in this case?
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.
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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