I would like very much to introduce a new stringing cord that virtually guarantees you will not have to replace it....EV-ER. In fact, this thread is so durable it can go into space.
I first learned of Tenara cording through one of my favorite jewelry designers, Jes Maharry. One of her necklaces contained tiny weaving's of a very fine thread. Upon reading the description, I put together that it was called gore-tex tenara cording and promptly set out to purchase some for myself. Well, that was easier said then done. I could not find it any where! What was this elusive tenara that Jes found worthy enough to string her fine jewels on but could not be found in any bead store?
I couldn't find it in bead stores because it isn't in bead stores, it is being used to sew astronaut suits and marina sails and restaurant awnings. It is a mildew/sun/uv resistant, water repellent, rot proof, resistant to most chemicals thread. It is also pre-lubricated, making the task of knotting extremely easy.
I had to invest in a spool. In spite of its cost, I just had to. I am so glad I did.
Not only can I rest assured I am offering my customers the most durable thread ever created, but for my own personal use, I have found that it easily threads through large, hollow, altered art metal beads which were previously a little maddening to string.
To finish off your tenara cording, just complete a double over hand knot and place a drop of epoxy or jewelers cement on the knot. Let the epoxy set completely and trim close to the knot with scissors. Just as you would with silk or nylon thread. The difference? You will only have to do this once for this piece of jewelry, not every 12 months like you need to in order to maintain a knotted silk cording.
So while I doubt my beaded jewelry will be orbiting the moon any time soon, at least I know it could.
Much Love and Respect,