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.