Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beadslide Bead Clasps for Bead Woven Beaded Jewelry: Which size BeadSlide Clasp do I need for my beaded bracelet?


Which size BeadSlide clasp do I need for my beaded bracelet?

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BeadSlide Bead Clasp
The following chart is a general guide to selecting which size BeadSlide clasp to use for your beaded bracelet designs.  

The BeadSlide clasp was designed to accommodate various seed beads and seed bead sizes; however, this guide is to be used as just that, a guide.

Lets take the first row:  It's advising that for size 15/0 seed beads (Japanese Miyuki or Toho) should be no more than 18 beads per row if using the 18mm BeadSlide; no more than 23 beads per row if using the 24mm Beadslide and no more than 29 beads per row when using the 29mm BeadSlide.

Approximate Beads Per Row with BeadSlides
Length of Tube (that beads slide into)
18mm
24mm
29mm
15/0 Round Japanese
17 - 18
22 - 23
29
11/0 Round Japanese
12
16
21
11/0 Round Czech
13
18
21
8/0 Round Japanese
9
11 - 12
15
8/0 Matubo Round
8
9 - 10
12
11/0 Delica
12
18
23
Bead sizes vary dramatically from brand to brand. Test them by stringing beads on a needle and inserting into the tube. Ends should close without pushing against beads

The following PDF shows the new Squiggle BeadSlide Design - the rest can be viewed here.

The top illustration gives you an idea of how to attach the BeadSlide Clasp to your finished beadwoven bracelet.
BeadSlide Bead Clasp For Bead Woven Beaded Bracelets
BeadSlide Bead Slide Bead Clasp

Monday, June 12, 2017

Silk Cord Thread for Bead Stringing Making Tassels, Pearl Knotting and Beaded Jewelry: My bead hole size is 0.8mm what size silk cord should I use?

spools of silk cord for tassels pearl knotting mala designs
Silk Cord Spools for Making Tassels and Bead Stringing Mala Necklaces
Silk Thread Cord Spools

100% Silk Cord for Bead Stringing, Tassel Making, Pearl Knotting, Macrame

Silk fact sheet based on the most common questions asked when purchasing this particular silk cord on spools.


100% Silk bead stringing cord information:  

  • 100% Silk Cord in 1/2 oz. Spools.
  • 3-Ply 100% Silk Bead Stringing Cord Thread
  • Plied from 100% Pure Silk, new Twisted Three Ply Silk Cord is luxuriously soft, smooth and supple; yet durable and stretch resistant.
  • Ideal for knotting Pearls, Gemstones, and Crystal beads; Bead embroidery, embellishing, bead stringing, sewing with beads.
  • 18 colors & 10 sizes:
Size Oo is the (thinnest) in diameter. No Cord thicker than 1mm and are only available in Black & White.

NOTE: Black & White Silk Cords are the only ones available in size OO - FFF; Colors are ONLY  available in sizes E - FFF

  • Size O - 600 Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.006 inches / 0.1524mm


  • Size Oo -  695 Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.005 inches / 0.0127mm


  • Size A - 425  Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.007 inches / 0.01778mm


  • Size B -  390 Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.008 inches / 0.02032mm


  • Size C - 310 Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.0108 inches / 0.03048mm


  • Size D - 260 Yard Spool Thickness / Diameter = 0.012 inches / 0.0325mm


  • Size E - 200 Yard Spool   Thickness / Diameter = 0.0128 inches / 0.0325mm


  • Size F - 140 Yard Spool   Thickness / Diameter = 0.0137 inches / 0.0347mm


  • Size FF - 115 Yard Spool   Thickness / Diameter = 0.015 inches / 0.0381mm


  • Size FFF - 92 Yard Spool   Thickness / Diameter = 0.0165 inches / 0.0419mm

The thickest size FFF, of the 100% Silk cord is equivalent to Griffin 100% Silk Cord size 7 (0.75mm in diameter/thickness).

Questions Answered

QUESTIONS: What size / thickness / diameter silk cord do I use to make / string my necklace using this size bead? Best size for making tassels?

Broad questions answered with a pretty simple observation on your part, and knowledge of what type of bead art jewelry design necklace & tassels you're looking to make.

For necklaces, whatever you want to call them mala, or whatever, the decision starts with the /size / type of beads you are using to create your necklace.

The thinnest in diameter, or mm in 100% silk cord spools is size 00 (zero)

The thinnest is basically a thread and can be used for stringing, but even on the smallest beads, due to the light-weight nature of the silk cord would probably be a bit flimsy and your necklace won't hang nicely.

For tassels, the thinnest could make a lovely tassel with a beautiful flow, but you would really have to use an awful lot to get the look and feel you're going for.

#1  (Remember this information is for stringing, not bead or loom weaving).  Select the silk cord size which will fit your bead hole size.

Example: 4mm size beads, gemstones would typically have a .9 -1mm hole size, so you'll probably want to go with a bit smaller diameter silk cord (E - F if you want color, A-D only available in black & white)  to get a nice fluid feel and look, also you don't want - or perhaps you do - the knots in between the beads to be visible.   Larger bead sizes 8mm - 12mm size FFF = thickness / diameter = 0.0165 inches / 0.0419mm, (but if you want a thicker cord you will have to go to Griffin Silk)

#2  Flexible beading needles work best with the silk cord, Griffin silk has them built in, but you’ll have to purchase separately for this 100% silk spool. The needles are weighted from Fine to Heavy depending on size of beads you’re threading.

#3  If knotting between beads, recommended, especially for heavier gemstones and larger pearls, be sure to create consistent knot sizes before proceeding to complete your necklace: otherwise, the finished look will be a bit uneven, but hey, that could be the organic look you're going for.

#4  Use a beadboard, they really to help in creating your bead art jewelry designs.

#5  Tassels, typically the same size cord used to string your necklace will create a tassel size that will compliment the overall bead size. But of course going up or down a few sizes could also give you the look you want in your beaded tasseled necklace.  Just remember the thinner the cord, the more you'll have to use and it might not flow the way you would like.  

Information provided by KD Bead...The Bead Stylist (2017)


Friday, June 9, 2017

Griffin Carded Bead Stringing Silk Cord for Making Tassels, Pearl Knotting and Beaded Jewelry: Which size silk cord thread do I need?

Griffin Silk Cord Thread for bead stringing, knotting, tassels, mala supplies
Griffin Silk Bead Stringing Tassel Making Cord
Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Griffin silk cord for bead stringing, making tassels and knotting beads and pearls.

Refer to size chart pictured (below) to see the size (diameter aka thickness) of the silk cord you need.

Approx. 79" (2 meters) of thread per card.

This link Griffin Silk Cord will take you to all sizes and colors available.

100% Pure Silk Bead Cord with attached Needle by Griffin There is no simpler, quicker, or better way to thread beads.

Excellent for creating quality tassels, knotting between beads, mala necklaces, macrame knots and beaded tassels.

The twisted stainless steel needle at the end of the cord which allows you can knot the cord easily because the thread has the correct twist.

QUESTIONS: What size / thickness / diameter silk cord do I use to make / string my necklace using this size bead? Best size for making tassels?

Broad questions answered with a pretty simple observation on your part, and knowledge of what type of bead art jewelry design necklace & tassels you're looking to make.

For necklaces, whatever you want to call them mala, or whatever, the decision starts with the /size / type of beads you are using to create your necklace.

The thinnest in diameter, or mm in Griffin 100% silk is size 0 (zero - all of their cords are numbered 0 - 16 thickest at 1.05mm) which is basically a thread and can be used for stringing, but even on the smallest beads, due to the light-weight nature of the silk cord would probably be a bit flimsy and your necklace won't hang nicely.

For tassels, the thinnest could make a lovely tassel with a beautiful flow, and although ideal for smaller tassels on earrings and bracelets, you may have use an awful lot to get the look and feel you're going for with much larger bead art jewelry designs.

#1  (Remember this information is for stringing, not bead or loom weaving).  Select the silk cord size which will fit your bead hole size.

Example: 4mm size beads or gemstones would typically have a .9 -1mm hole size, so you'll want to use a bit smaller diameter silk cord (Griffin #5,6)  to get a nice fluid feel and look, also you don't want - or perhaps you do - the knots in between the beads to be visible.   Larger bead sizes 8mm - 12mm have larger holes and, especially size 12mm, could use size #14-16, but sizes 10 & 12 Griffin silk cords would work nicely too.

#2  Needles are already attached to Griffin silk cord so no need to worry about which needle size you need to get the silk cord through the beads.

#3  If knotting between beads, recommended, especially for heavier gemstones and larger pearls, be sure to create consistent knot sizes before proceeding to complete your necklace: otherwise, the finished look will be a bit uneven, but hey, that could be the organic look you're going for. Practice, practice practice.

#4  Use a beadboard, they really to help with the visualizing the end result when creating your bead art jewelry designs.

#5  Tassels, typically the same size cord used to string your necklace will create a tassel size that will compliment the overall bead size. But of course going up or down a few sizes could also give you the look you want in your beaded tasseled necklace.  Just remember the thinner the cord, the more you'll have to use and it might not flow the way you would like.

Please comment if you have any other terrific tips and tricks for using silk cord. Thank you...!



Griffin Silk Cord Thread Size Chart
Silk Cord size Chart






















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