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Jun. 24th, 2012 @ 11:11 am Question
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Hi there!
I'm new to this community and before I start trying all the beautiful designs here I have a question:
Can I use elastic thread instead of nylon thread?
Thanks for your help.

Edit: Many thanks for your advise. Now I can start.
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Date:June 24th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
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There is this beading wire called 'Soft Flex' it is really nice for breading. It's very durable and can't break unless you cut it with scissors. I'd choose this over Nylon, but it's metal so it doesn't go in clear but since it's very flexible you shouldn't see the silver either. There's this wire you can find at your local Michael's that is on tall spools, that's not it your bracelet will snap in half before you get to wear it. The brand has to say 'Soft Flex' or another brand of wire MADE for beading, comes in different gauges.

Nylon, is awesome since it doesn't expand with heat and stretch if worn too much, also nylon doesn't break unless you use scissors. And of course comes in different colors. It's the second best beading thread next to wire.

As for elastic...I never use this, I only see that being used for children's jewelry. Elastic stretches really bad if worn too much and doesn't withstand heat for long before it stretches without your help. So far that's the experience I have had using elastic, it didn't work for difficult bracelets.
If you use anything, either nylon or soft flex beading wire, those are the best results especially if your making the bracelets displayed on this blog or a beading magazine!

Edited at 2012-06-24 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Date:June 24th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you kindofstillness for the clear explanation and great suggestion about the threads!

I would like to add that most of the tutorials here, I used a fishing nylon thread. It's widely used in my country and Japan. It is the same as Beadalon Supplemax (0.25mm/8lb). The thread is very strong and a bit thick, you can hand weave it without using needle. It's very good for crossweaving project.

Most beaders I know used fireline. I did not use it much but it's very good and strong. Since it's a bit expensive and hard to find in my country, I rarely used it. I'm sure it won't be a problem if you're in US or Europe. But if you're new to beadweaving, maybe you can try with Nymo.

I won't recommend using elastic on any project that required beadweaving. But if you want to do some easy stringing with lovely beads, yes, elastic is okay.

Edited at 2012-06-24 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Date:June 30th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
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I just got Bead & Button August issue. Anna talked about stringing and stitching materials in her column, if you are interesting. :D