Choker and Beads – What Kind of String to Use to Re-string?

by Brenda Hughes.
(United States)

Choker and Beads - What Kind of String to Use to Re-string by Brenda Hughes  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Choker and Beads – What Kind of String to Use to Re-string by Brenda Hughes – featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Hope you can help. I have a clay and bead choker I need to restring.

What would I use? An elastic thread?

There is a thin thread in it now- can’t tell if it’s elastic but it’s looks like thread more than a wider elastic type.

What else could I use?

And I had tried to use the original closure but it no longer works – it was the type that turned and screwed in.

I do want it as a choker it looks cool on!

I look forward to hearing your advice.

Thanks so much.

Brenda Hughes

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  • Louise says:

    Hi Brenda
    It would be safest to use tigertail with crimps on the ends.

  • I would highly recommend a strong beading wire such as SoftFlex 49 strand,medium, which fits most beads. It is strong and flexible, and can last for years. It is much stronger than tigertail. Finish with sterling silver crimps, which are also stronger than cheaper metal. Find a nice design toggle clasp to finish with.

  • Dianne says:

    I learned the hard way early on, and never use elastic. One of my goals in making jewelry is never to have a piece returned, and so far I’ve been very fortunate. My go to is Accuflex 49 strand wire with sterling put copper or gold filled findings. There are other brands I’ve tried, but I’ve always gone back to Accuflex. I also use wire guards on the ends. This keeps the crimps loop from being damaged due to wear. In this particular piece I think I do use copper, and oxidize it.

  • Teresa R says:

    I would use Accuflex 49 strand wire. It’s strong and flexible. Wire guards are nice because they protect your wire from wear. I believe you can still buy those screw type closures too .

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