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  • What string to use for beading?

    Dear everyone,

    What kind of string do you use for beading? I've started out some craft projects making rings - as you can see on website.

    I've had difficulty using crafting wire (hurts my fingers / not easy to cross/recross beads) and the nylon string I have in stock is too thick to cross beads 2/3 times.

    The rings I'm making sometimes even require crossing 4 times through seed beads!!

    Can someone recommend a plastic wiring string that's thin enough/durable etc?

    Many thanks!
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    It really depends what sort of work you're doing.

    The plastic wiring string is called beading wire or tigertail, and is used for stringing work. It looks as though the rings you've made use a stitching or weaving technique, in which case tigertail isn't the best thing to use. It's not flexible enough, even the most supple 49-strand variety. You need one of the stitching threads, like Nymo, Fireline or KO thread. Nymo is readily available in loads of colours but can be a bit of a pain to work with because it frays, stretches and knots easily. KO is a Japanese beading thread, very smooth and lovely to work with and available in lots of colours. Fireline is a monofilament fishing line that has been purloined by the beading community because it is brilliant to work with. Very flexible, extremely strong and fine enough to go several times through even size 15s. It comes in crystal [off-white] and smoke [grey] but you need to wipe your length of smoke with a cloth or kithcen roll before starting, as the colour comes off. Fireleine is great for crystal work because it doesn't get cut by the edge of the crystal as the other kinds can.
    Heather
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    • #3
      That's great - thanks very much for the comprehensive reply!
      Shall go look for fireline / ko thread as you suggested! Many thanks.
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      http://www.folksy.com/shops/GlimmeryJewels
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      • #4
        Try The Bead Shed on Ebay. She's an online friend of mine from another forum and has both KO and Fireline. She posts orders really quickly too.
        Heather
        Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

        Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


        Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

        New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          i was also going to suggest fireline, i buy from crystals and ice bead shop website . nine times out of ten you get your order the following day!

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          • #6
            KO Beading Thread | Fireline Beading Thread | Bojangle Beads

            Hi Glimmery Jewels,

            firstly, your creations are beautiful! We have run workshops on how to stitch a Bicone Crystal heart before, and for that workshop we used Nylon Monofilament, but can appreciate your issue with having to weave through small beads multiple times. If you find 0.3mm is still too thick, we would recommend Fireline or KO thread as suggested by prettythings.
            Again, as mentioned, crystals have a certain notoriety for cutting cotton threads, so while KO thread is very strong and pre-waxed, you may find that the crystals do indeed cut the thread.
            So, in conclusion, Nylon thread and Fireline will do the job and be most durable, and KO thread will be the easiest to stitch with, but may shear if it encounters a sharp crystal. Trial and error really finding what best suits you.

            Hope this helps!
            Last edited by nattynetty; 07-08-2011, 07:55 PM.
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