Beading wire is a staple supply for beaders and jewelry makers. It's also one of the easiest stringing materials to use since no needle is required to string beads onto it! Also called flex wire, tigertail, and stringing cable, beading wire is actually a cable made of multiple strands of wire that are covered with a smooth finish coating. The more strands of wire there are in the cable, the stronger and more durable the cable is. As a result, you can choose not only what gauge (size / thickness) of cable that works best for you, but also what strength (number of strands). For most necklace and bracelet designs, 7-strand is plenty strong, but 19-strand, 21-strand, and 49-strand options are also available. Stronger beading cable is advantageous when you're making heavy, chunky, and/or expensive jewelry designs. Beadalon, Soft Flex and Soft Touch are all great-quality types of beading wire that work for a wide variety of jewelry and artisan craft applications.