Buying Glass Beads
There's all kinds of beads to choose from. Pretty much any color, size, and shape you can think of can be found and bought to fit your needs. Of all the beads available, glass beads are one of the most popular. Lots of jewelry makers have been buying glass type of beads for years to make their jewelry. Others use beads to decorate with. In fact, a strand of beads beats the old strand of popcorn round the tree any day of the week. Making jewelry with beads has been around for centuries, but the art has not changed much through the years. Although there are now tools that make the art of making beads more safe, the process itself is still the same.
When buying glass beads, remember there are many different kinds. There's blown glass, pate de verre, which means paste of glass, which is similar to cast glass. To add to that list, there's also fused glass and lamp work glass. Blown glass is made how it sounds, the glass is formed at the end of the pipe and air is blown into it to create shape. Cast glass is made with a mold, where the glass takes the shape of whatever mold it's placed into. Fused glass is a really old form of glass bead making, and the glass is stacked upon each other and fused into desired shape and size. Lamp work glass is made by forming glass on a metal rod and then other glass is then added to add the desired color to the beads. All of these beads are unique and beautiful in their own ways.
Whether you want to begin buying glass beads to make jewelry with, or lamps, or any kind of decorating, there are a few tips you may want to keep in mind. First off, when it comes to beads, you really want to be sure you are buying beads that are high quality. If you go out and just get cheap beads, not only will whatever you are making look bad, but may even hurt someone, or yourself. High quality beads will have soft edges, no sharp sides, they will not have any cracks, and they will just look nicer. You can find quality beads inline, but you must be careful and ask questions, like if the beads are kiln annealed. Beads that are kiln annealed are just better to work with, and easier to manage.