Cords, Wires & Threads for Jewelry Making

It’s Thursday and this is my favorite day of the week, do you wonder why? It’s because the next day will be weekend and a lot of jewelry making projects to look forward to.Were you able to create your own piece from the tutorial we featured yesterday from XQ Designs?


The Flower and Leaf Ring Tutorial has been anticipated by our lovely friends since some of us are wire jewelry enthusiasts. There are many handmade jewelry inspirations made out of wires, cords and threads we feature in our blog day in and out so keep updated. Don’t forget to watch the weekly video from Jewelry Making Professor in which Eri Attebery used 40 inches of beading thread.


Today, let us brush up our jewelry making skills by learning a variety of materials used for stringing beads namely, cords, wires & threads. This may sound very emo, however I definitely agree that jewelry making wouldn’t be complete without them.




Cords are made with different materials some of which are cotton, nylon or leather. Some enthusiasts prefer to use cords for they are a great way to go if you’re looking for an easy and quick project. Keep in mind that the softer wires will bend easier and some hard wires are not for bending, wrapping or for coiling. So more practice to determine each cord’s distinct characteristics.


Among these 3 types of cords, nylon is the most popular and most used in jewelry making. Nylon has more strength and can hold up larger beads without losing its form. It won’t stretch unlike cottons cords. It can also pass through holes on almost all types of bead. Though leather and cotton cords are seldom used, you can still create unique jewelry designs with them.


 In this tutorial, TIAT of A Knotty Valentine demonstrated on how to create this unique pendant for necklaces by using CORDS



There’s also what we call stretch cords. Like what it’s called, “stretch” these cords stretches and are best for making bracelets without clasp. They also come in different sizes, colors and textures.






Wires can be thick or thin, this measurement of wire is called the gauge of wire. When you buy wires for your project, you have to indicate the exact diameter of wire you want to purchase, for example 18ga, the larger in diameter, the smaller the number and the smaller in diameter, the larger the number. The uses of wire depends on your needs and the type of jewelry you are about to make


Each gauge has it’s own use and what they’re good for. You can use this Jewelry Making Tips: Wire sizes, gauges and diameters guide that we’ve posted to know what gauge to use for a particular project. Try also to practice with these wire jewelry making projects so you will be able to
hone your skills using wires.





Another type of wire is the string wire. Its a thin wire, similar to a nylon thread but are stainless steel coated nylons. String wires are best for bead stringing but they’re not good for making knots. To secure them you need to use a special finding called “Crimpers.”3 to 1 Bracelet




From sewing and adorning ornaments, we use thread to string beads for like others, they are sturdy, durable and convenient to use. Threads are best for beadwork for they come in all colors and sizes and some choose threads to make jewelry. Be reminded that in choosing the right string or thread, we have to consider the weight of the bead and the size of bead’s hole. Some handmade jewelry making enthusiasts use Polyester threads and specialized beading threads. Also patterns and tutorials often indicate what proper threads/ strings needed for such project.


Try this given video tutorial for your thread jewelry making practices:



There are a lot of varieties of materials used for stringing beads, what is important is you need to know what type of strings you need for your jewelry making.
Learn more about strings with this video from Beadahollique.


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Jane Chew

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