This week I want to talk about my favourite cords to use, what I like to use them for and also where I buy them. I will be mentioning four different kinds of cord and explaining what I like about each one. I also have a video on my Youtube channel to go alongside this blogpost where I show the cords and also what I like to use them for more specifically.
The first cord that I am going to talk about is satin cord. More specifically 1mm satin cord. Satin cord comes in different thicknesses like 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm and I do use them all, but I use the 1mm thickness by far the most. Satin cord has a lovely sheen and softness to it and will transfer that into any piece you make with it, and that can be one reason why I sometimes choose this type of cord over another. I use it mostly for macrame, macrame bracelets in particular, and kumihimo braids where I want the cord to be the feature of the braid and create the pattern rather than beads.
I buy it mostly on large reels of 91m (100 yards) as it is much more cost effective in the long run and I am less likely to run out while I am in the middle of a project. I will either buy these reels on www.amazon.co.uk or eBay and the prices range from £3-6 per reel. So those are really good prices compared to how much you get on a reel and the quality is great in my personal opinion. The sellers of these reels will often be from China, which means that the shipping will be from China, so the delivery will take a bit longer but I personally haven’t had any problems.
The next cord that is one of my favourite cords is Chinese knotting cord. You can also get this cord in different thicknesses but I tend to use 0.8mm the most. This is more matte than the satin cord and has more of a texture to it. I also buy this on large reels of 135m each, as some of my projects call for a lot of cord and it is also more cost effective. I also buy these reels from either www.amazon.co.uk or eBay and the prices range from £3-4 per reel. These are also mostly Chinese sellers so the same principles as for the satin cord and this is also he best quality of this cord that I have personally tried.
The third of my favourite cords is s-lon Tex 135. This cord is 0.4mm in thickness so much thinner than the previous cords and therefore has other uses that it is more suited for. I use this mostly for micro macrame and beaded kumihimo as it is a very strong cord, so your final piece is going to be very durable. It is actually made from the same material as seat belts are made of. The s-lon also comes in different thicknesses, both thinner and thicker than the Tex 135 and has different uses. There is also something called c-lon, which is exactly the same cord and they in fact come from the same factory, but they are just sold under different names and will also vary in the size of the reels. This cord can be bought in most jewellery making supply shops, both online and in-store in some variation, but some shops will stock the s-lon and some will stock the c-lon, and the prices vary at around £2 per reels depending where you buy them.
The last favourite I am going to go through is a nylon thread, which is also the thinnest of all the cords I have gone through. It is about 0.35mm in thickness and has a smoother finish to it. I mostly use this for micro macrame and will also use this for practise pieces and experimenting with, as there is much more on the reels than the other cords. It is more of a slippery thread so it is a little harder to work with than the other cords, but I still use this for certain projects. There are over 300m on a reel, so it will last a long time before running out. This thread can be bought online in places like eBay and Easy and also occasionally on www.jewellerymaker.com and the prices vary form place to place, but they can sometimes be bought in bundles which makes them even more cost effective.