Strong Flexible Beading Wire

  I use strong flexible 49 strand nylon coated stainless steel micro wire to string the beads onto Plum Beadacious' beaded id badge lanyards.  BeadSmith Flex-Rite is my favorite brand of this, although I sometimes use other brands.  The wire is very flexible and drapes well.  I usually use .45mm (.018") wire.  It will take up to 25 lbs of weight before breaking.

However, if I use pearls or other beads with very tiny holes, I drop down to .014" or .012" wire.  These are still strong.

Below is a picture of a piece of .018" wire.  You can see that it curves nicely.