Strings

The Cord section includes thick stringing materials, namely leather, rubber, satin, nylon, waxed linen, and waxed cotton.

C-Lon and S-Lon are the same nylon thread, just different brand names and yardages on the spools. The regular C-Lon and S-Lon are used for stringing beads with large holes, such as size 8 seed beads, kumihimo, making Chinese knots, and micro-macrame, among other things. The fine C-Lon is used for micro macrame, bead crochet, and stringing with smaller hole beads, such as size 11 and 15 seed beads. The fine C-Lon is half way in thickness between the regular and the micro sizes.

The Elastic section includes springy string such as elasticity and gossamer floss. This kind of string is usually used to make bracelets that do not include a clasp. Gossamer floss is not as strong as elasticity, but it easily fits through small hole beads.

The Monofilament section is where you will find Supplemax. This string is a clear plastic-like material that looks like fishing line. It is our least expensive stringing material. The drawbacks of this material are that when it is tied into a knot, the knot is fairly large, and it can kink as it is handled. It is, however, the ideal string for making twisted multi-strand necklaces.

The Steel Wire section includes the Beadalon and Softflex brands of stranded steel wire coated with nylon. Of these, the ones with more strands are the most flexible, but also the most expensive. If your design needs the string to show, this is the ideal material. It is usually finished with crimp beads, although it is advertised that it can be knotted. We prefer this string for use with crystals, as the sharp edges of crystal beads can cut any other stringing material.

The Thread section includes silk, Fireline, PowerPro, Dandyline, S-Lon nylon, Griffin polyester/nylon, Power Nylon, metallic, and Sylamide threads. These threads are used for a wide variety of beading techniques. Silk is most often used with pearls and is knotted between each bead. It's drawback is that it will stretch with time. Fireline and Power Pro are both fishing line made from gel spun polyethelene. They are different in their feel, with Power Pro being softer and more thread-like. They are very strong, and work well with both bead stringing, loom and off-loom beading. (We use Fireline for almost all of our custom stringing projects.) Dandyline is similar to PowerPro and is a good all-around bead string. S-Lon nylon thread is preferred by our bead embroidery customers due to its softness and wide color selection. Griffin thread is the thread of choice for a one-necklace project because it is available in a small quantity and comes with a needle attached, so you can get thicker thread through the beads than if it were doubled on a needle. Power Nylon is the same as Griffin thread, but comes on a large spool without a needle. Silamide is preferred by many as the thread for off-loom bead weaving with very small beads, as it it very thin thread that will fit through any bead. The same can be said of S-Lon nylon thread. Choosing a colored thread can enhance the color appearance of pale transparent beads. Metallic thread is used for both stringing and bead embroidery in places where the metallic reflectivity of the thread is going to show in the design.