Reported by Megan Lock
If you’ve ever ventured down the bead aisle at a large craft store or at a local bead shop, you’ve probably seen Stretch Magic.
It’s the stretchy string that allows you to avoid using clasps while making your projects. It’s largely available in two different sizes, 0.5 mm and 1 mm diameter, though if you look a little harder, you can find it in 1.8 mm, 1.5 mm, 1.2 mm, 0.8 mm, and 0.7 mm diameter. I’ve found some black Stretch Magic, but the large majority is clear. There is a kids’ pack that features yellow, red, orange, and blue Stretch Magic string. It retails for $2.49 for a 5 yard spool.
When you make a necklace or bracelet with a metal based string, you usually add a clasp so you can easily wear your piece. With this product, your string is stretchy, so you just stretch it to put it over your hand or your head.
Generally, I only use Stretch Magic for bracelets. In the past, I’ve used it to make chokers, but I find it easier to use a clasp for those projects. This is just my crafting perspective and you may find it works well with chokers. Stretch magic is not useful for longer necklaces, unless you are using light-weight beads. If the beads are too heavy, they become the driving force to stretch the string. Your piece should only stretch while you are putting it on.
This is a video to show you how you put beads on the string and a sampling of some of my bracelets.
- Easy and quick to use-you can have a beautiful and professional piece in a very short amount of time.
- Versatile, you can use it with whatever beads fit your style.
- Few tools needed, you only need a crimp bead and a pair of pliers to complete a project.
- Great for beginners and kids.
- Limited color availability, though you shouldn’t see the Stretch Magic because it should be covered by your beautiful beads.
- If you stretch it too far or if the string is compromised along the surface, your piece will break and beads will go everywhere. The cleaning people at your work will bring you baggies of beads for months to come, but I don’t know this from experience. 😉
- Can be difficult to string some beads. The rubber material Stretch Magic is made of can cause some resistance to beads with smaller holes.
Have you used Stretch Magic? Love it or hate it? Have something you like better? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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