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)

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