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Stretch Magic

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.
Pros:
  • 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.
Cons:
  • 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.

Where to buy:
JoAnn.com
ACMoore.com
CreateForLess.com

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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6 Responses to Stretch Magic

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    Dana July 14, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks! I love it! But how do you tie it off without it slipping?

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    Patty July 14, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    I absolutely LOVE Stretch Magic! I use it all the time when I make Barefoot Sandals! It holds up GREAT!!! I tie a square knot and it doesn’t slip!!!

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    Lynn July 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    I really liked your bracelets. Do you know if there is a pattern somewhere for the figure 8 bracelets? Alsom I have used the stretch Magic before, but I don’t know how to tie it off without it showing. Will it stay tied if cut close to your knot?

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    B July 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    I’m a Stretch Magic fan, too! I’ve made several necklaces using it. I haven’t had any come undone. I’d love to see how you do your figure 8 bracelets. Thanks for sharing your video.

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    Tamra July 16, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Thanks! I haven’t done any jewelery making; however, with this Stretch Magic I think I will have to try it.

    I am wanting to share this post with other and will re-post on my blog.

    Again, thank you for a great review.

    Tamra
    http://www.tamratrowbridge.com

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    pezadoodle July 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    i have been beading with stretch magic for years and LOVE it! i always use it when doing bracelets!