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posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 8, 2007 at 9:00 PM (Pacific)

I haven't made anything on stretch cord for quite some time.

Part of it is the philosophy of experienced jewelry makers (I'm not one, I'm just saying) that stretch cord wears out over time...if you have beads you care about, you should avoid stringing them on stretch cord. That's the philosophy anyway; I haven't been at this long enough to have a piece wear out one way or the other, but it does stand to reason.

Stretch cord is more attractive to the absolute beginner, because there are several components involved in making a good non-stretch piece. If you don't have the components yet, it's more straightforward doing the stretchy stuff.

Non-stretch pieces are showier since you get to do a clasp...and more versatile, since you can make their length adjustable. You can also do heavier beads and longer lengths.

I don't know where that came from...I was just remembering when just about everything I did was on stretch cord.


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