Bonded beading threads, also known as fishing line threads or gel-spun polyethylene threads, are one popular type of beading thread.
What Are Bonded Beading Threads?Bonded beading threads are similar in consistency to fishing line. They are also known as gel-spun polyethylene thread, or GSP thread.
Where Can I Purchase Them?Bonded beading threads can be purchased at most local bead shops, from online sources, and are widely available in outdoor supply stores, sporting goods stores, and department stores with a fishing and tackle department.
Do Bonded Beading Threads Come in Different Sizes?Bonded beading threads come in a wide range of sizes. They are generally sized by strength as determined by tests performed by the manufacturers. A 6 pound test (or 6 # test) thread takes six pounds of pressure to break. The higher the number, the stronger the thread. A 20 # test bonded beading thread is much stronger and thicker than a 6 # test.
What Are the Advantages of Bonded Beading Threads?These threads are very strong and are much less likely to fray while stitching. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to pierce them with a needle. They are easy to thread on a needle and require no conditioning or stretching prior to using. Bonded beading threads are also easy to untangle.
What Are the Disadvantages of Bonded Beading Threads?Bonded beading threads do not come in a wide range of colors. They are difficult to cut with a regular pair of embroidery scissors, but a thread burner or an inexpensive pair of craft scissors usually work. They are more expensive than nylon beading threads.
What Are Bonded Beading Threads Best Used For?Bonded beading threads are best used for off-loom beadweaving. Some beaders use them for bead embroidery. They are wonderful when used to stitch open-backed bezels for cabochons. Bonded beading threads are also good for stringing small freshwater pearls, seed beads, and small gemstones. You can use them with confidence with bugle beads, crystals or metal seed beads where the sharp edges of the beads may cut or weaken other types of beading thread.