What is the right jewelry thread?

When making a piece of jewelry, it is important to choose the right thread for your project to achieve the best possible result. The different jewelry threads each have their advantages and disadvantages. Here we will do a little review of how to use the different kinds of jewelry thread and what their advantages and disadvantages are.

The different kinds of thread are set up in alphabetical order so you can quickly find what you are looking for.


Doublé thread

This thread is, as the name suggests, double. It consists of a core of brass covered with a gold pipe. It is more resistant than a gold -plated brass wire as the gold layer is thicker and is merged with the brass kernel.

A piece of jewelry made of doublé thread can, depending on use, stay neat for many years. Another advantage of doublé thread is that small marks from the pliers do not expose the nucleus, which with gilded silver wire, as the gold layer is thick enough to withstand a little bit of knobs.

Doublé thread is easy to work with, boat if you are doing wirework, but also for eight numbers. We have double wire in three thicknesses, so there is to make a little of each.

Here you can buy our Doublé thread


Elastic thread

Elastic wire is a thread that is cheap and good for beginners, for children and for making jewelry for older people who have difficulty handling small locks and good for anyone who does not bother to handle small locks.

Elastic wire is easy to use and requires very little tool. All you need is a pair of scissors, super glue, a small piece of cardboard and a pin. See how to do our blog post about elastic thread.

The disadvantage of elastic wire may be that you have to do a little extra to make it look really neat, such as making sure one of the beads has an extra large hole, you can hide the knot in or use a small knot cover. Elastic cord can also get slack over time and may need to be replaced every few years or when you feel the elastic has become limp.

Our elastic wire is available in 0.4 and 0.5 mm in a transparent silicone, which means that it does not become very visible in your elastic jewelry.

If you need to make jewelry with heavy stones or pearls on our elastic thread, it is best to pass the thread twice through the stones.

Here you can find our elastic thread.



Fireline is a relatively new acquaintance for us in Beadhouse, but we have understood that it is loved by glass pearl enthusiasts all over the world.

Fireline is a high -tech thin fishing line made with kevlar technology (known from dot -free bicycle tires), which increases the wire's wear resistance. It is much softer than the commonly known fishing line. In fact, it is very similar to a dental floss, except that a Fireline is woven. The softness of the thread also makes it easy to staple ends on it.

This thread is used for pearl weaving, pearl sewing and pearl embroidery because it is thin, strong and easy to work with.

IN Beadhouse If we have a Fireline that measures 0.08 mm, which means it can go through the beads many times.

Fireline is a really good, strong thread and the only downside could be the price, but in this case the quality actually lives up to the price.


Fishing lace

Fishing lines are very cheap and strong and can be especially good if you need to make a pearl bag or a finger ring that requires some wear resistance.

If you make necklaces with fishing cords and clamping pearls, we recommend using tubular clamping beads as they do less damage to the string.

The disadvantage of the fishing line may be that it is very vibrant and therefore difficult to tie knots on and staple ends. You have to be very careful about tightening knots on fishing lines, as they would very much like to loosen again due to the spring's resilient nature. To ensure the knot extra, it may be a good idea to use a drop of super glue. Press a little super glue out on a small piece of cardboard. Collect a drop with a pin tip, put it on the knot and let it dry.

If you are making a necklace or bracelet of fishing cords, you may want to consider if knot hides could make your jewelry even better.

Find fishing laces here.




The clench is a woven wire of nylon. It is very durable and color -resistant and does not give up very much.

It is good to associate with as it does not give up and you can preserve the tightness of your clenched jewelry, for a very long time. It can be melted at the ends so that they do not floss.

We are very proud of our clenching cord, which is an ecocord, produced in Italy, of plastic bottles. We have most colors in 0.8, 1 and 1.5 mm thickness in a lot of really great colors.

As described, it is also color -resistant, so it can withstand lots of sun and beach without getting boring in the color, for several seasons.

See our selection of Ecocord here



Leather cord

Leather cord is a really strong string that has been tested over the world over the neck of the world.

It has a slightly edgy, raw look and works well for making sliding nodes.


Brass/copper wire, silver-plated and gilded

These types of thread often have a fairly thin coating of silver or gold. They are quite cheap, so again price and quality are connected.

If you need to make French pearl flowers a thread of gilded or silver -plated copper/brass is perfect. There are 3+ meters of wire to make a pearl flower and pearl flowers are not exposed to much wear. Therefore, these cheaper wires are optimal in this case.

You can also use thread of gilded/silver -plated copper or brass to make finger rings with small glass beads with the Brick Stitch technique.

Otherwise, if you need to use this kind of thread to make jewelry with you, you need to be aware that the surface has a limited shelf life, so they are best for jewelry that only has to keep one season.

If you are missing cheap jewelry wire you can see the selection here


Miyuki pearl thread

Miyuki's pearl thread is thin and flexible as sewing thread of 100 % nylon. This makes it strong compared to its thickness.

Miyuki's pearl thread is good for sewing and weaving necklaces, bracelets and earrings of small glass beads and is very good for making fringes as it is soft.

This thread is also good for pearl weaving. If you feel like starting to weave with pearls you can see our guide to how to do, right here.

If you need to make bags of pearls or finger rings, we recommend using fishing lines or Fireline as they are more durable.

You can get Miyuki pearl thread in four colors here.


Nylon Power pearl cord

Nylon Power pearl cord is a string specially designed to pull gemstones on. It consists of many thin nylon fibers that are twisted together in a way that makes it particularly durable. In addition, it has an integrated needle, which means that you do not have to sit and bake with lack of space in the pearls' holes with a double thread on a regular needle. 

If you need to cover a necklace or bracelet with knots between the stones, this is this string you need.

It is available in many different thicknesses. When working with pearlon, it is important that the string can go twice through the outer holes, so you can make a nice finish with French wire.

Here's how to start your work with pearlon and French wire.

Here you can see how to finish your work with pearlon and French wire.

If you need to make nodes between stones or pearls, it is important to make sure that the thickness of the cord used makes the knot large enough so that it does not smoke into the holes of the surrounding pearls. The nodes must have a size that holds the beads in place. If you have the opportunity, it is a good idea to test the cord with the beads. Make a quick check on whether the string can go through twice and how nodes behave with the pearls you have chosen for your jewelry project.

You can also use this string to make simple small bracelets with beads or stones on a leash with a knot closure.


Suede cord

Substitrated cord is more and more used, indeed directly trendy right now. It has a medium softness and you can use it by putting a pendant on it and tying a loop in the neck or under the chin. Use a pendant from the jewelry box, make your own or find a nice pendant here



Superb cord can also be used with the right loose parts to make bracelets. We have a rich selection of loose parts in sterling silver, gilded sterling silver and gilded/silver -plated brass. Find it here.

Here is our selection of suede


Silver thread

Silver wire is really good if you need to make jewelry with eight -wire or other wirework. The thread is made of solid silver, so it never changes color.

Be aware that silver thread is available in various hardnesses. Each hardness springs differently. The hardest can not withstand being wiggled too much in, so it breaks.

If you make jewelry with eight numbers, it is important to assess what thickness thread is needed for the stone/pearl not to slip over the windings, but will be in its place in the middle of the eight. Plan your work by having control over e.g. hole size on the beads you want to use.

See here how to make your own pendant with silver wire and pearls.

IN Beadhouse We sell the soft version of silver thread as it is nice easy to work with. Our silver wire is sterling silver, that is, the purity of the silver is 925/1000. The last 75/1000 is copper that is added as pure silver is too soft for jewelry use.

Here you can find our sterling silver thread



Tigerwire is a jewelry thread made of a number of thin steel wires that are twisted and lined with nylon. The wire is designed to work with clamping beads.

IN Beadhouse Do we have tigerwire in two qualities. A cheap and a slightly more expensive. 

It is a strong thread that is easy to use and it does not require as much tool. You need a pointed flat pliers or a crimp seaweed to squeeze the clamping beads out in the end to put lock and jump ring On your jewelry and an old scissors to cut the thread over. Since the thread is made of steel, do not use a tool you will be sorry to be destroyed to cut it over. Steel is very hard and will make marks in most goldsmiths made to work in softer precious metals.

One disadvantage of tigerwire may be that it is very springy, so if you work with very small, light pearls you have to be prepared for the jewelery to become a little stiff. It can both be good and bad. It's all about how to best achieve the desired result.

Another disadvantage of the tigerwire may be that you have to deal with it a little gently. If it first got a buck, it never goes away again. You may use the bent thread for slightly heavier and larger beads, but if you use small, light beads, they will take the form of the bent thread. If your thread has got a buck you can possibly. Cut off the bucket and use the two pieces that come out of it.

Here you can buy tigerwire if you are missing



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