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« on: November 13, 2008 12:35:14 AM »

In your opinion and experience, what is the best beading thread?

I'm looking for a nylon thread that is really strong (and comes in a variety of colors).  I'm always worried about the strength of my thread and whether it can hold the weight of the beads.  I can just imagine my pieces falling apart on me.  I've been using Nymo, but even when using beeswax, it has a tendency to fray.  I'm also concerned about it's strength.

I ordered some C-Lon and thought I'd give that a try.  Does anyone have any experience with this type of thread?  What about Silamide?  I see that a lot of people use it.  I've looked online for this, but I've only seen size A.  Is this the only size they make?  Do you have to double the size A or is it strong enough without doubling it?
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008 10:19:37 AM »

I like silamide, and it comes in lots of colors. I used to use Nymo or other types of nylon thread because it came in colors, but it is frustrating when it frays on you or breaks, or when sharp beads cut it. Lately I've been using Fireline, which seems to be a favorite of Beading Daily and Beadwork Magazine writers, and I love it. Not so many color choices, but very strong. I just got the 6 lb. test at a sporting/outdoor gear store.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008 04:12:02 AM »

It really depends on what you are stringing/weaving.
Fireline is really strong, I use it when I am weaving seed beads or crystals.
If you are stringing, and you just want something strong, PowerPro is great. It was origianlly designed for fishing. It's a braided microfilament fiber, and it has a coating so you don't have to wax it. It doesn't come in a whole lot of colors (I think theres black, white, red, green and lime yellow) but it is the strongest beading thread I've found so far (and I've tried lots). I would suggest it for any stringing or weaving done with crystals or gemstones.

« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008 01:38:55 PM »

I tried the C-Lon and I like it way better than the Nymo.  I also picked up some Fireline and I love it.  I think I'll give the PowerPro a try as well.  Thanks for the replies, ladies!

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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008 09:00:04 AM »

I love Nymo for weaving, and Fireline is fantastic as well.

I've never used C-lon, just Superlon, but the type I use is more for macrame and knotting than for weaving.   Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2008 09:41:14 PM »

I use Nymo myself and love it.  The majority of beaders that I know who don't use Nymo use Fireline instead.  I don't have any experience with Fireline myself but have heard enough good things about it to believe that it's definitely worth trying.  Best of luck!
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009 07:58:33 AM »

I'm a total newbie to beading, but I'm gathering supplies to make some cute little 'friendship bracelet' style beaded bracelets from a tute I found here. Trouble is, I live in a small town and the only craft shop only sells beading wire in black and copper, which I'm not convinced by.
I've been searching for the some of the threads recommended here, but I only seem to be able to find American suppliers! Can anyone suggest a good place to buy this stuff from in the UK or a UK based website?

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009 07:06:10 AM »

This is far from traditional but my favorite thread to bead on is quilting thread.  It is stiffer and from my experience stronger than most threads I have tried, plus it doesn't fray.  It's easy to find as well,  any store with a sewing section should carry it.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009 10:20:37 AM »

I use super-lon  its like c-lon but it only comes in one size,  and  there are many more color choices.

fireline is good  for certain  projects...but its kind of an adjustment to work with. 

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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2009 07:51:46 AM »

There'as also a thread called KO that's getting a lot of great reviews (compared to nymo and c-lon etc).  Smiley

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