Beading Cord Q & A
This excellent jewelry making Q&A will teach you everything you always wanted to know about beading cord: leather cording basics, wrapped cord bracelets, the differences between Superlon Bead Cord and Micro Cord, finishing pieces strung on cord and more
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.
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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|10 lb test||0.5|
|20 lb test||1|
|36 lb test||1.5|
|48 lb test||2.0|
|*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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|1.5 mm||1.5||yard||Leather||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|2.5 mm||2.5||yard||Genuine Greek Lace||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|5 mm||5||yard||Leather||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|3 mm||3||yard||Leather||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|3 mm||3||yard||Genuine Greek Lace||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|1 mm||1||yard||Polymer||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|1.5 mm||1.5||yard||Latex-free rubber||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|1.7 mm||1.7||yard||Latex-free rubber||Stringing, typically large-hole beads|
|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|
|1 mm||1||yard||Braided cotton||Macrame, stringing|
|1 mm||1||yard||Waxed cotton||Macrame|
|1 mm||1||50 yds||Waxed linen||Macrame|
|2 mm||2||42 inches||Silk||Stringing, Kumihimo braiding|
|14 mm||14||42 inches||Silk||Stringing, Kumihimo braiding|
|NA||10||40 inches||Silk||Stringing, Kumihimo braiding|