Know Your Stringing Material Will Work

Posted by beadsRfun on 1/1/2015

No one wants to spend their time creating a special necklace or bracelet, only to have it soon break and scatter beads all over the place. Stringing materials should always be able to stand up to the everyday wear and tear of movements made by the human body in addition to the stresses of a variety of types of beads. The following kinds of strings are insufficient for adequately stringing any type of beads:

  • Non-monofilament fishing line
  • Dental floss
  • Plain cotton thread
  • Standard sewing thread
Appropriate Length Of Stringing Material

First, it is important to determine exactly what you will need: When cutting a piece of stringing material, always add six inches to the desired length of the piece for finishing a necklace and five inches for a bracelet. If the strands are going to be twisted or knotted, it is best to add 75% to 100% more length of the stringing material. There are many choices for stringing your beads besides beading wire. The first consideration is the size of the beads and especially the size of their holes. Also, you want to make sure that the stringing material, which you use is strong and flexible. Make sure that the material can suitably hold a knot. For designs, you’ll want to make sure that the colors match and whether or not the stringing material will show.

Use The Thickest Possible Material

The most preferable way to maximize the strength and durability of a piece, is to make sure you use the thickest version of your whatever stringing material you choose. You’ll want to only use what you can easily get through your beads without going too thin. It is important, however to leave some extra room. Keep in mind that a 1.0 mm hole cannot accommodate a 1.0 mm cord. There is almost always some variation in hole size among similarly sized beads, so you will want to plan for some extra room to make sure you can string all your beads. If you are using a needle, don’t forget to consider the size of the needle and that the stringing material will be doubled when going through the beads. And as far as length goes, always err on the side of having too much, rather than not enough.

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