What Is C-Lon Beading Thread Used For?

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What Is C-Lon Beading Thread Used For?
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C-Lon beading threads are durable nylon monocord threads, available in dozens of colours. These threads are suitable for fine bead work, bead looms and sewing. C-Lon threads come in two sizes: Size D and Size AA.

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Manufacturer

C-Lon is the name of threads and cords trademarked by Caravan Beads Inc. of Portland, Maine.

Disambiguation and Uses

Not to be confused with C-Lon cords, C-Lon beading threads are thinner. C-Lon nylon monocord thread size AA is well suited for size 15 seed beads. C-Lon nylon monocord size D is suitable for size 10 to 11 seed beads and other uses, including micro-macrame, embroidery and bead stitching.

C-Lon Thread Strength

C-Lon nylon monocord size AA has a breaking strength of approximately 1.81 Kilogram. C-Lon nylon monocord size D has a breaking strength of approximately 3.18 Kilogram.

C-Lon Thread Size and Length

Each bobbin (spool) of C-Lon nylon monocord size AA is approximately 75 yards or 69 meters long. Its thread diameter is like Nymo thread size 0: very thin. Each bobbin of C-Lon nylon monocord size D is approximately 80 yards or 73 meters long. Its thread diameter is like Nymo thread size "D."

Colours and Style

Both C-Lon nylon monocord size AA and size D come in 36 colours. Both threads are UV-resistant.

Fun Fact: Thread Wars

Caravan Beads asserts that Beadsmith/Helby, a.k.a. M&Y Trading Corporation, now sells a "knock-off" thread called "Super-Lon" that competes with C-Lon threads. Some customers insist that C-Lon threads are of superior quality.

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