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Topic: What is the Best Stretch Cord for Stone Beads?  (Read 1346 times)
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« on: January 27, 2016 03:49:19 PM »

A friend of mine is getting into beading.  He wants to make bracelets and necklaces with some really nice stone beads (round 8-10mm sized). Basically he is stringing his own Joppa Malas and wrist Malas.

The catch: he wants to do it with a good high quality stretch cord material that will hold up to some wear.  Nothing too rough, these are for adults.  But the beads have some good heft, no plastic or wood here.

Which type do you reccommend?  I have seen some made with a thin type of something strung through multiple times and tied off.  That would be optimal.  I just don't know what it is. 

Thanks for the help!  I mainly do stuff with seed beads and nothing that stretches, so it's new territory!


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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2016 09:49:25 PM »

I make bracelets from lampwork beads--they're heavy and sometimes have rough holes. 
I like this type of elastic

I use 2 to 4 threads at once, and use floss threaders (from the dental section of the drug store) instead of needles--cheap and easy to use.

I used to use the heavier single strands, and had a lot of bead-scattering incidents when the elastic broke.  Since I switched to this stuff, I haven't had a loss; usually just one strand breaks first, so I know it's time to restring.

The only kind of elastic thread I've had that doesn't break is the cloth-covered elastic, but even it stretches out and has to be replaced every couple of years.  Durability depends on your area--the air here is very acidic, so stuff falls apart faster.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016 07:33:21 PM »

I like to use the kind that can be found in the sewing section.  It has a few strands of elastic encased in a thread woven tube.  When a few strands on the inside break the bracelet will sag, but the tube will help it to hold together.

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