A Bead Stringing Chart for You!

Mar 31, 2010

Jean Campbell

Is your stash keeping up with your creativity?

Like many of you, my beading stash behaves like a kudzu vine. It grows anywhere I set it. Take my office, for instance: The closet is full, and its contents have begun creeping across the floor. The books on the shelves have been overgrown by clear storage boxes. My desk is piled high with tubes, baggies, and loose beads. And no kidding … I’ve even started to hang things from the ceiling.

So how is it possible that I still run out of something? I could open a 24-hour bead diner with all the junk I have around here, but every once in a while I just have to scratch my head. I really don’t have any copper 6mm bead caps or red size 6° seed beads?

Keep your stash stocked with what you use most
Running out of things is particularly true with my stringing materials, so when I’m inspired by something fabulous in a great magazine such as Stringing and want to do something a little tricky, my jungle of a stash comes up short.

To help us all out, here’s my list of suggested stringing materials to keep in stock. I figure I’ll post it on the inside of my closet in order to remind me which materials I should always have on hand for the types of stringing that might happen in the Bead Kudzu Palace.

Bead Type

Flexible beading wire

Silk cord (Japanese sizing and German sizing)

Woven cotton, satin, and
(p)leather cord



Thin (10)


1mm for size 8°s

1.5mm for size 6°s



Thin (10, 12)

O, A, B, C, D, E





Medium (13, 15)


1mm, 1.5mm


Medium, Heavy

Thick (15, 16, 17)


1mm, 1.5mm


Medium, Heavy

Thick (16, 17)

F, FF, FFF (or use alternate material)

1mm, 2mm, 3mm

India glass


Thick (17)

FFF (or use alternate material)





Thick (17)

FFF (or use alternate material)


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Dee@205 wrote
on Mar 31, 2010 4:58 AM

It seems that whatever I have, when I try to put together a design, I always need "just one more thing" that I don't have.

SoftFlexGirl wrote
on Mar 31, 2010 11:43 AM

Hey Jean - This chart looks so helpful.  I think that folks get so wrapped up in shiny, sparkle beads - they sometimes forget to stock up on the bare bones materials until too late.  Nothing puts a bigger cramp in my creativity than having to wait for something.

DianeA@30 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 9:14 AM

The Beading chart is really a good Idea . I am just getting started on wire wrapping and wire jewelry and would love a chart on what to have on hand for those projects .

Love your web site keep up the good work and maybe some more projects would help .

Thank you

Erin Carey wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 9:45 AM

Baileysnana  wrote (Forwarded by Beading Daily Intern)

on Wed, Mar 31 2010 10:05 AM

Comment for Jean Campbell:  I would like to know where I could purchase a thread burner shown on the first page of this week's newsletter.  On What's Your Favorite Tool.



Jackie Smith

Clinton, TN


on Apr 1, 2010 3:29 PM

Hi Jackie-

You can purchase thread burners at most bead shops but can also get them online at places like Artbeads, Fusion Beads, and Fire Mountain Gems.