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How to choose the proper nylon cord for your projects

With the popularity of kumihimo at an all-time high, you will also find a rise in popularity of nylon cord. It can be difficult deciphering all the different sizes of nylon cord and when to use what type.
Nylon Cord

The most common cords are usually identified as micro cord, fine cord, bead cord, and heavy cord. The cords are often referred to by their brand name of C-lon or S-lon. From what I understand, both brands of cord are made in the same factory using the same equipment. The cord is identical, and you can interchange either brand.

Here is a chart that helps identify which cord should be used with different types of beads. These cords are most often used with kumihimo and other forms of jewelry braiding. Note that the Tex 210 is the most common of these cord weights. If no description is included or referenced to a particular cord weight, it is most likely the Tex 210 weight. Tex 400 is a good choice for macramé. There are other products and other brands available as well, such as Tuff Cord, Amiet, and Conso, but C-lon and S-lon seem to be the most widely available brands currently.

Nylon Cord Kumihimo Chart for Beading Projects
Also available is a thinner version of C-lon and S-lon nylon thread that is popular for bead weaving projects. They both fit through size 12 beading needles and are available in Tex 33 (also called size AA) and Tex 45 (also called size D). These threads are similar to the Nymo brand beading thread. They have a light wax coating and are made specifically for bead weaving projects. The manufacturers claim that these threads have almost no stretch. Both of these weights are too thin for traditional braiding projects like kumihimo, so save them for your bead weaving projects.
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Now is a great opportunity to try out these cords with our newly released Kumihimo Fiber and Bead Jewelry magazine. Each project specifies which weight of cord is used within the design. This special issue is chock full of inspiration and great projects that utilize various weights of nylon cord.
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