I was asked about Flex-rite beading wire as an alternative to SoftFlex beading wire, or Beadalon beading wire and found that information was not easy to come by, so I got a few samples and here's my review, and a reference chart I created of colors and sizes.
I had some SoftFlex on hand and some Soft Touch, also made my SoftFlex, but much thinner for bead weaving; however, even before I got the Flex-rite I didn't like the Soft Touch for bead weaving.
What I noticed immediately was that the Flexrite is quite soft to the touch, certainly not a 'wire' like the Soft Touch, and SoftFlex.
Since I was looking for something to replace the Soft Touch for bead weaving I got the 7 Strand Clear (Stainless Steel) Micro-Wire .007" (.18mm) the thinnest diameter they had, and it was MUCH thinner than the Soft Touch .10 diameter.
I then got the 49 Strand and 21 Strand and the first noticeable difference was the softness. Now the term 'supple' is used in most of the Flexrite descriptions and I'm not certain if this is interchangeable with 'soft' or if it means something different.
The 7 Strand and 49 Strand offer the most variety. While the 7 Strand is being compared to Tiger Tail as being more flexible and softer.
I can imagine that the subject of beading wire must be confusing for the the beginning beader and more experienced alike - I know it is for me, so I will try and compile more information over time; but for now here' is the reference chart of sizes and colors that may be of some use to you.
Pricing seems to be very competitive too. So hopefully Flexrite is a better quality beading wire without the high price of others I have purchased.
Please post your experience about the beading wire you prefer and if you have tried the new Flex-rite wire by Bead Smith.