... I have moved on from nylon thread to dental floss now, I ran
out of thread and the floss is wonderful!! the flat kind you can
buy, and its impossible to get a knot out of it, so its pretty
secure especially when I'm adding so many knots. Plus the floss has
a transparency and neatness that the nylon had not.
Japanese monofilament is good to use with crystals. It's extremely
strong, invisible, and the piece is made secure by going through the
beads until you can't anymore. It's mostly for woven pieces but may
be useful in your project rather than using so many knots. The
problem with knots in anything other than thread is that they can
cause unwanted kinks in the finished piece. If the floss is doing the
job, though, then that's a good discovery. The only floss I know
about is solidly white.
I learned about this monofilament recently in a
crystal-jewelry-making class, where the teacher supplied it for the
first class. I asked several times whether the pieces needed a knot
(What? NO KNOTS?! -- it was hard losing my thread-head), but after
trying it, yes, the stuff worked like magic. You couldn't see how the
crystals were connected and the finished pieces were very flexible.
And NO GLUE! She did allow a knot or two but only if it could be
hidden (inside a ball of crystals for example), and the knots weren't
needed for it all to hold together securely. And the crystals didn't
cut it! It seemed stronger than the different nylon-type stringing
materials I'd tried. I especially like the "Super Strong" brand
monofilament. It's probably available from many places, but I found
it at Toho Shoji here in NY. Here's their website address, Tina, in
case you or anyone else is interested in ordering some:
http://www.tohoshojiny.com/8main/cord-mono-top.htm. There's also Toho
beading cord at http://www.fusionbeads.com -- haven't tried this
brand but it looks like the same type of material.
Good luck with your 7-strand necklace! I look forward to seeing a
photo of the finished piece.