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Choosing a Stringing Material

Stringing materials play a crucial role in determining the durability, flexibility, longevity and overall aesthetic of a creation. In this blog we will cover what to consider when choosing the right material for your project and the most popular stringing materials. 


Strength – Consider the size and weight of your beads and components. A strong and durable stringing material is crucial for supporting the heavier beads and providing long-lasting wearability. 

Flexibility – Does your piece involve intricate designs and multiple strands? If you answered yes, then manipulation and shaping is lilely to be essential to your design so flexibility is essential. 

Texture – Consider the intended visual appearance of your design. The texture can greatly effect both the overall look and feel of the finished piece. But don’t worry! Whether you opt for a smooth and sleek finish or a more textured style, there is a stringing material to suit every preference.

Types of Popular Stringing Materials

Beading Thread

Nymo – Nymo thread is a durable and versatile option for projects involving intricate beadwork and weaving techniques. It is available in a range of colours and thicknesses to suit different needs. 

S-Lon – This is a durable nylon cord perfect for knotting, braiding and weaving. S-Lon is known for its strength, flexibility and resistance to fraying. Also available in a variety of colours and thicknesses. This thread is particularly popular for kumihimo projects.

S-Lon Cord (T-210) - Sky Blue - Riverside Beads

Beading Wire

Tiger Tail – Made from multiple strands of stainless steel wire coated in nylon, this wire is strong, flexible and highly resistant to kinking. It is great for creating jewellery with heavy or sharp-edged beads.

7 Strand Tiger Tail Beading Wire - Riverside Beads

Elastic Cord

This cord is fantastic for creating stretchy jewellery, particularly bracelets and anklets. It is often made from rubber or silicone and is convenient for projects that require easy wear and removal without the need for clasps and closures. A great beginner material!

Natural Fibres

Cotton Cord – Made from natural cotton fibres, this material is soft and lightweight. It is particularly ideal for creating macrame bracelets.

Satin Cord – A silky smooth material made from polyester fibres, satin cord offers a luxurious sheen and soft texture that looks fabulous in a variety of projects. This elegant cord is commonly used to add a touch of sophistication to a design. It is well-suited for knotting, braiding and weaving techniques, and particularly in kumihimo projects.

Riverside stock a huge range of stringing materials, including all of those named above. There is a stringing material for everyone! View our range by clicking here.

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