Jewelry Making Wire, Cord, Thread and Elastic Product Reviews

Creating handmade jewelry requires a unique list of supplies. There are many, many brands and styles of wire, cord and other beading supplies and not all are quality and not all are preferred by every jewelry artisan. Sometimes you just have to pick and choose what you think you will be the best and other times while learning from your own experiences. You can also read notes and articles from people who have used such and such and who recommend that particular brand. All the supplies I will discuss in this article are used by a professional jewelry making artisan.

Necklace and bracelet cord

Beading wire and cord are essential supplies for almost all types of bead work. Supplies like beading wire and cord like copper wire, bradied wire and elastic cord are some of which you will use most often for making bracelets and necklaces.

Buddy braids and flexible stainless steel wire is perfect necklace and/or bracelet wire. Buddy Braids brand is a stainless steel multi-strand braided wire permanently colored and then coated with nylon. It is very strong against kinks and easy to use. You can make knots with Buddy Braids wire or use crimp beads.

Memory wire comes in gold plated and silver plated finishes. The base metal is stainless steel. This is a superior jewelry making wire.
Buddy stretch clear elastic beading cord is the perfect elastic cord for making slip on or stretchy bracelets. It is a very strong elastic cord that knots easily. You won’t have to use glue and actually should not use glue with this elastic beading cord. Jewelry made using buddy stretch elastic beading cord will last a long time. You can pull the knot into the middle of a bead to hide it and create a great looking finished piece of handmade jewelry.

Buddy 18 gauge colored copper craft wire is a great product to use for wire-wrapping as well as with many other craft and jewelry projects.
The Nymo brand nylon beading thread comes in several sizes. Size OO is the thinnest and is perfect for projects requiring multiple passes through the same bead. Size O is slightly thicker than OO. Size B is thicker than O and Size D is the thickest and strongest. You would need to use size D when you want to pass thread through the same bead a couple times.

Make great bracelets and necklaces using “hemp cord.” Use it with clasps or just make a knot. Hemp cord is made to last and makes a wonderful stringing material.

Jewelry chain comes in a variety of sizes and finishes such as gold-plated, antique copper and antique bronze, silver-plated and silver filled chain. Silver-plated chains have a very thin layer of silver.

Leather cord comes in many sizes and colors and is also great beading material.

Fireline braided bead thread comes in several colors such as crystal clear and smoke and is usually found in 4 lb., 6 lb. and 8 lb. weights.
These are just a few of the brands of wire, cord, thread and elastic that yields excellent results every time.

Written by: Connie Limon
Carmilita’s Earrings: https://carmilitaearrings.etsy.com

Carmilita’s Three Piece Bead Sets Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet Handmade FREE shipping:

This is a 3-piece bead set I added to Carmilita’s Three Piece Bead Sets Collection. She consist of a necklace, bracelet and earrings.

Material used for necklace:
1 25 inch length of silver colored 0.35 mm buddy braids
1 silver plated 15x8mm Lobster clasp
1 silver plated 5 mm split ring
2 silver plated crimp tubes
2 silver plated 4mm crimp bead covers
24 pink AB 6×4 mm glass crystal rondelles
24 Pink AB 8 x 5 mm glass cr6stal rondelles
6 pink AB 12 x 9 mm glass crystal rondelles
14 light rose 6 mm swarovski crystal bicones
2 rose quartz 12 mm semiprecious rounds
1 rose quartz 20 mm semiprecious puff coin
4 rose quartz 13 x 18 mm semiprecious puff ovals
12 silver plated 6 mm rhinestone rondelles
62 silver plated 1.5×4 mm beaded rondelle metal beads

Materials used for bracelet:
1 10-inch length of silver colored 0.35mm buddy braids
1 silver plated 15 mm thick rope toggle clasp
2 silver plated crimp tubes
2 silver plated 4 mm crimp bead covers
8 silver plated 1.5×4 mm beaded rondelle metal beads
6 silver plated 6 mm rhinestone rondelles
3 pink AB 12 x 9 mm glass crystal rondelles
8 light rose 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones
4 rose quartz 13×18 mm semiprecious puff ovals

Materials used for earrings
2 silver plated 11 x 15 mm leverback earrings
2 silver plated 0.028 x 2 head pins
2 silver plated 1.5×4 mm beaded rondelle metal beads
2 silver plated 6 mm rhinestone rondelles
2 pink AB 4 x 6 mm glass crystal rondelles
2 light rose 8 mm swarovski crystal bicones
2 rose quartz 12 mm semiprecious rounds

Price: $60 (includes shipping)

3 piece bead set pink

Purchase here: Carmilita’s Earrings

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Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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