Things to consider when you are deciding on wire stringing materials:
- Size of beads and their holes
- Will it hold a knot?
- How much will it cost.
YOU’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING!
Stringing wire is composed of tiny wires twisted together and nylon coated. The number of tiny wires, also known as strands, determines the flexibility of the wire. The larger the number of strands, the more flexible the wire will be. Therefore, 49 strands is more flexible than 19 strands. When choosing which type of wire to use, consider the amount of drape you want your design to have. 49 strand wire is very supple and will drape elegantly, giving your designs a thread like appearance. 7 strand wire is not as flexible, but will hold it’s shape better. If you are not sure, we recommend starting with the middle grade of 19 to 21 strand wire. See the Stringing Wire: Cable Construction for more information.
RULE OF THUMB:
USE THE LARGEST DIAMETER WIRE THAT WILL GO THROUGH THE SMALLEST HOLE IN YOUR DESIGN.
We recommend Soft Flex because of it’s excellent quality. Accu-Flex and Beadalon are also good quality stringing wire. We do not recommend Acculon Tigertail, it is an inexpensive beading wire and it will kink.