Our theme for this week at the Year of Jewelry is Circles, Squares, Triangles and I found this great bangle with a square bezel to inspire me. I used Superlon MICRO bead cord to make an itty bitty piece of macrame, and believe me, keeping that tiny stuff straight is a challenge. I used 42 cords to make this piece and it's slightly under 1.5".
To give you some perspective, let me show you the four different weights of Superlon cord:
The first spool in turquoise is the S-lon Micro Bead Cord. It has a diameter of .115mm and there are 287 yards on that spool. The next spool in blue is Superlon (or S-lon) Fine Bead Cord. It's somewhere between the Micro and the plain old bead cord and has 118 yards on a spool. The lilac colored cord spool is the stuff just called Bead Cord (no micro or fine in the title). This is the weight that I usually use for micro macrame. It's .5mm and there are 77 yards on that spool. The last spool in chartreuse is the Superlon Tex 400 cord. It's .9mm and comes in a 35 yard spool.
The bead cord was the first weight introduced and is available in the most colors. It will go through most 11/0 seed beads once (as long as you are using quality seed beads like Miyuki or Toho). The weight and size are really nice for the jewelry pieces I usually make.
The heavier Tex 400 cord is almost twice the thickness of the regular stuff. It works well for pieces like multi strand necklaces and for bigger, chunkier pieces.
Fine bead cord isn't that much smaller than the regular bead cord, but it feels very different in finished pieces. Bracelets made with this cord are more flexible and feel more "slinky", if that makes any sense.
Micro cord is almost like thread. It is really small. I can't imagine trying to knot a whole piece using this weight of cord, but it is excellent for fine detail work and makes awesome focal pieces. I did the same pattern for the pieces in the next photo, but used Tex 400 for the ecru colored one, regular bead cord for the one in purples and micro cord for the little piece.
There. Now you're an expert on bead cord and you can better appreciate the fact that the macrame piece on this bangle is 1" square.