On this page you can read more about what you need to get started making pacifier cords and teething items yourself.
What do you need?
- Satin thread. This thread is by far the most suitable, because it is sturdy and hardly stretches.
- Beads. Certain beads may or may not be suitable for each type of item. I will tell you a little more about that below.
- A closure, pacifier clip or mounting ring, depending on the item you want to make.
- A needle. Preferably use a needle with a large eye and a blunt point for threading. (Also available for purchase via this website) This allows the thread to fit easily through the needle, and you cannot damage the silicone with the tip of the needle.
- A pair of pliers. For items that require threading the wire through the same bead multiple times, you will need pliers. This allows you to keep a grip on the needle and apply force.
- Do you want to work with the so-called 'burning method'? Then a reversing needle is useful, and you can order silicone thimbles so that you don't burn your fingers when you melt the satin thread together.
Which bead do you use for what?
(And how much wire do you need?)
With 12-14 beads of 15 mm you can make a nice tight ring. If you choose (alternation) with other sizes and shapes, you sometimes need more beads. Especially if the other beads are angular, you will need a larger ring to ensure that no wire is visible between the beads. Avoid using beads smaller than approximately 15mm in diameter. The exception to this is the intermediate discs. For example, they make it easier to string a longer name onto a teething ring, while it can still be bent around.
Be sure to use a meter of satin thread to make a teething ring. It is better to thread on a little too much thread than to end up with too little thread, because the latter does not work well. Because with a teething ring you thread through the same bead several times, you cannot do this without a threading needle.
I always make a pacifier cord myself with beads of at least 14/15 mm in diameter. I don't think beads larger than 19mm are suitable for a pacifier chain. That makes it too heavy and too coarse. I generally use 9-12 beads for a pacifier chain. With more beads, the cord quickly becomes too long. Always think about safety! (a pacifier cord may be a maximum of 22 cm long, including loop, without clip. It depends on the beads you choose, how many beads you can fit on it).
For a pacifier cord you need at least one meter of satin thread, but to be on the safe side it is best to order 2 meters. Just like with a teething ring, it works best if you leave a good piece of thread when tying. To make a pacifier cord you need a beading needle and pliers, because you have to thread the wire through the same bead several times. If you use the burning method, you will need less wire. I don't use this method myself.
Children's chains are intended for children aged 3 years and over. This means that there is (almost) complete teeth with sharp teeth. Smaller beads than 15 mm are therefore not suitable for this. An exception is necklaces for children who do not really bite on a chain, but wear the chain as an accessory. Silicone children's chains are also ideal for this. Partly because of the safety lock that will come loose as soon as the child gets caught on something with the chain. For a children's necklace, order 1 meter of satin thread.
Are you making a necklace for a child who bites the beads? Then check for damage before each use.
For heavy biters, I recommend not using angular beads. The edges quickly invite you to 'nibble'.
A feeding chain is mainly intended for playing with while feeding and for satisfying the need to bite when the first teeth come through. In principle, all beads are suitable for this.
If you are going to tie knots between the beads, order 2 meters of satin thread for a necklace. If you do not tie a knot between the beads, 85 centimeters is a usual length for a full chain, so 1 meter is sufficient.
You should always wear a feeding chain around your own neck, so you should never give it to a child as a toy. A chain is much too long for that. With the chain around your own neck you have continuous good supervision of your child.
Please note: A teething ring is considered a toy. If you want to sell them, they must also be tested as such.
With pacifier cords you must ensure that you meet the guidelines. Do you want to sell pacifier cords and be completely sure of their safety? Then have this tested.
Necklaces are not toys!! Always pay close attention to any damage to necklaces worn by children.