Beading Cord Q & A

1. Click here to download the Beading Cord FAQ.

2. What is beading cord?

Beading cord is the term used to describe a wide variety of products that are larger in diameter than beading thread. It can be made of leather, polymer, rubber, hemp, cotton, silk, or other materials and is typically used for stringing large-hole beads, macramé, mini macramé, wrapped-cord bracelets, or braiding products.

3. What is the difference between beading cord and beading thread?

Unfortunately, beading “thread” and beading “cord” do not have concrete definitions. For the purposes of our sizing charts, they have been separated primarily by size: any product that would typically or easily be used with seed beads or other small-holed beads, like gemstones, has been considered thread. Larger diameter materials used for large-hole stringing, bead macramé, or braiding have been considered cord. This is not necessarily the system used throughout the website or by manufacturers, but it provides our customers with the most functional charts. We have tried to address any items that may fall into both categories under both the Thread and Cord Q&As.

4. Is your rubber cord and tubing latex-free?

Yes, all our rubber cord and tubing is latex-free.

5. How do I finish a piece strung on cord?

There are a wide variety of ways to finish a piece that has been strung on cord. Check out our Techniques page here to see some different options.

6. Do you sell a synthetic alternative to leather cording?

Yes, we are proud to offer our customers a wide variety of P’Leather. This durable, synthetic alternative to real leather is odor-free and made of a specially blended polymer that won’t crack or peel.

7. What is the difference between rubber cord and rubber tubing?

Our rubber cord is a latex-free, solid rubber cord that comes in varying diameters. Our rubber tubing is just that, a tube. It features a hollow center allowing it to function as both a stringing material or, when cut to appropriate lengths, tubular beads or adornments. This incredibly versatile material is also latex-free.

8. What are the best cords to use for bead crochet?

Superlon Beading Cord, Pearl Cotton, and Micro Cord work best for bead crochet.

9. What are the differences between Superlon Bead Cord and Micro Cord?

Though Superlon Bead Cord and Micro Cord are very similar in appearance, there are a few key differences. Superlon has a slightly larger diameter, about .6mm, while Micro Cord only measures .5mm in diameter. Both are made of multi-filament nylon, but Micro Cord has been bonded. This means that the filaments have been treated with a chemical to make them smoother and help them resist separating at the end of the cord. Superlon is non-bonded cord, but just as durable as Micro Cord.

10. How do I make a wrapped-cord bracelet?

You can find instructions for making incredible wrapped-cord bracelets on our Techniques page here.

11. What are the differences between High Performance, Nylon and Silk Griffin Bead Cord?

All of these cords are very popular choices for tying knots between beads in traditional pearl-knotting, but there are some key differences that will help you choose which one is right for you. Griffin Silk Bead Cord is the most traditional. It is made of natural silk and will hang beautifully, but needs to be pre-stretched. Both the High Performance and Nylon Bead Cords are made of nylon, drape like silk, and are resistant to stretching or drooping over time. The High Performance is incredibly durable, available in larger diameters, and perfect for use with heavier beads. For more information, check out our Pearl Knotting Q & A here.

12. What does it mean when your hemp cord says that it is an "eco-friendly" product?

There are a variety of reasons that our hemp cord is considered "eco-friendly." One of the most important things is that the hemp plant is naturally pest-resistant, meaning that it doesn't require pesticide or herbicide use. It also grows very quickly (up to ten feet in five months!) compared to many fiber producing plants, providing a very high yield in a shorter amount of time. Our suppliers also take care to grow their hemp sustainably by planting at least as much as is harvested each year. Finally, the finished hemp cord is waxed with corn and potato starch, and is AZO and acid free.

13. Beading Cord - Bead & Needle Compatibility Chart

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Product Name
Size
Bead Hole Size (mm)
Needle Size
  name mm
6
5
4
3
2.5
2
1.3
1
Big-Eye
Twisted Wire
Large Tapestry
Medium Tapestry
Leather Cord*
1.5 mm 1.5
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
x
x
   
2 mm 2.0
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
x
   
3 mm 3.0
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
Suede Lace
2.5 mm 2.5
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
x
   
3 mm 3
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
5 mm 5
x
x
x
         
x
     
Deertan Lace*
5 mm 5
x
x
x
         
x
     
10 mm 10
x
x
           
x
     
Calf Craft Lace*
3 mm 3
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
4 mm 4
x
x
x
         
x
     
Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede
3 mm 3
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
P'Leather Cord*
1 mm 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
     
Rubber Cord*
1.5 mm 1.5
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
x
x
   
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
x
   
3 mm 3
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
4 mm 4
x
x
           
x
     
Rubber Tubing*
1.7 mm 1.7
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
x
x
   
2.5 mm 2.5
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
4 mm 4
x
x
           
x
     
6 mm 6
x
             
x
     
Natural Hemp Twine
10 lb test 0.5
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
20 lb test 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
x
x
36 lb test 1.5
x
x
x
x
       
x
x
x
x
48 lb test 2.0
x
x
x
x
       
x
 
x
x
Satin Cord
1 mm 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
x
x
   
3 mm 3
x
x
x
x
       
x
     
Smooth Braided Cotton Cord*
1 mm 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
x
   
x
x
   
Waxed Cotton Cord*
1 mm 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
x
   
Waxed Linen 4 ply*
1 mm 1
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
Silk String
2 mm 2
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
Silk Ribbon
14 mm 14
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
x
   
Fairy Ribbon
NA 10
x
x
x
x
x
     
x
x
   
*Needle size given primarily for size reference; most are stiff enough for use without a needle, especially larger sizes

14. Beading Cord - Info Chart

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Product Name
Size Name
Size (mm)
Unit Sold By
Material
Typical Applications
Leather Cord
1.5 mm 1.5 yard Leather Stringing, typically large-hole beads
2 mm 2.0 yard
3 mm 3.0 yard
Suede Lace
2.5 mm 2.5 yard Genuine Greek Lace Stringing, typically large-hole beads
3 mm 3 yard
5 mm 5 yard
Deertan Lace
5 mm 5 yard Leather Stringing, typically large-hole beads
10 mm 10 yard
Calf Craft Lace
3 mm 3 yard Leather Stringing, typically large-hole beads
4 mm 4 yard
Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede
3 mm 3 yard Genuine Greek Lace Stringing, typically large-hole beads
P'Leather Cord
1 mm 1 yard Polymer Stringing, typically large-hole beads
2 mm 2 yard
Rubber Cord
1.5 mm 1.5 yard Latex-free rubber Stringing, typically large-hole beads
2 mm 2 yard
3 mm 3 yard
4 mm 4 yard
Rubber Tubing
1.7 mm 1.7 yard Latex-free rubber Stringing, typically large-hole beads
2.5 mm 2.5 yard
4 mm 4 yard
6 mm 6 yard
Natural Hemp Twine
10 lb test 0.5 394 ft Natural, biodegradable hemp Stringing, macrame, use with large-hole beads
20 lb test 1 197 ft
36 lb test 1.5 262 ft
48 lb test 2.0 197 ft
Satin Cord
1 mm 1 yard Satin Stringing
2 mm 2 yard
3 mm 3 yard
Smooth Braided Cotton Cord
1 mm 1 yard Braided cotton Macrame, stringing
2 mm 2 yard
Waxed Cotton Cord
1 mm 1 yard Waxed cotton Macrame
2 mm 2 yard
Waxed Linen 4 ply
1 mm 1 50 yds Waxed linen Macrame
Silk String
2 mm 2 42 inches Silk Stringing, Kumihimo braiding
Silk Ribbon
14 mm 14 42 inches Silk Stringing, Kumihimo braiding
Fairy Ribbon
NA 10 40 inches Silk Stringing, Kumihimo braiding

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