When you’re getting started in jewelry making, one of the first questions you might have is what do I string my beads on? The answer is Bead Stringing Wire. We made this video to explain what Bead Stringing Wire is and how to select the right type to get for your project.
Whether you are making a necklace or a bracelet, if you want to string the beads, sliding one bead on after another, you will probably want to use Bead Stringing Wire. But the packaging and sizes are a little hard to understand. So here’s a video we made explaining the different sizes of bead stringing wire and what each is best suited for.
Video: Introduction To Bead Stringing Wire
Bead Stringing Wire is designed specifically to make necklaces and bracelets. Here are some examples of projects made with bead stringing wire:
Bead Stringing Wire is more flexible than gauged wire and stronger than using thread or fishing line. There are three sizes to look for on the packages of Bead Stringing Wire. Spools of Bead Stringing Wire come in different lengths on the spool. Pay attention to that when you compare spool prices. You can get Bead Stringing Wire in different colors like silver, gold, black, and copper. Here’s are the three sizes we discuss in the video. These have affiliate links which cost you nothing, but rewards us a little if you decide to buy them. We think it is helpful to see what the packages look like.
7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
Size 7 is made with 7 strands and is the least flexible. Necklaces made with 7-strand bead stringing wire will hang fine, but will not have the fluid movement of the higher number Bead Stringing Wire. It is cheaper, though, so there are times you may want to use it.
19-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
Size 19 Bead Stringing Wire is right in the middle. It is flexible and not too expensive. We use 19-strand Bead Stringing Wire for most of our jewelry making projects. It is the Goldilocks of Bead Stringing Wires.
49-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
Size 49 Bead Stringing Wire is the most flexible. Necklaces made with 49-strand bead stringing wire will hang beautiful and have a lot of movement. It is, however, the most expensive size of Bead Stringing Wire.
Here’s a great online resource from Beadalon for more information when you are selecting bead stringing wire.
Ready to try a bead stringing project, here’s a great introduction to bead stringing: How To Bead A Necklace.
Do you have any questions about making jewelry? We love to hear from you and we are here to help! Leave us a comment below.
Jennifer & Kitty