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22/04/2016

Types of Beads Used in Beading



If you are a first time beader, you would be amazed by the various types of beads available when you step into a bead store.

The many variety of beads would amaze you. There are seed beads, glass beads, plastic beads, crystal beads and more. You could even opt for the do-it yourself types whereby you design your own innovation on the beads itself.

Depending on the types of beads, you could pair them up to make creative and unique pieces. For example, if you are using seed beads, you can use them in embroidery or as spaces in between large beads. Alternatively you can use them on their own to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. As they are smaller in size, you would have to use quite a large number to make each piece. The color combination is another factor which you might wish to look at so that you get an eye catching jewelry piece.

Seed beads come in both glass and plastic material. For consistency and quality, it is best to use the Japanese made seed beads. They have many colors such as pastel, normal and metallic colors. Glass seed beads are especially versatile and should be an essential in a beader's toolbox.

Glass beads are great as they come alive when the light shines on them. They reflect the light and thus become enticing and glowing. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes such as barrel shaped, heart-shaped. There are also a number of finishes to it. Some are frosted and could be used as focal points in necklaces or bracelets.

Crystal beads are beads that have gained popularity. Some reputable brands such as Swarovski crystals beads are very popular among beaders. However do beware that these beads are brittle and thus do handle them with care as the slightest hit of your pliers on them might just chip one side off. These are popular in making earrings and necklaces as they shine and sparkle.

 

 



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