For many of us beads hold a fascination, especial crystals and glass ones that have a sparkle when the light reflects on them. There are many beautiful glass beads available, but somehow the Italians seem to have perfected this art. Their beads are exquisite and very desirable.
Venetian and Murano glass beads are of very high standard. Their beauty is probably the ability of the Italian artist to blend the colors and beauty of their designs so skillfully. 24 kt gold foil is used in the making of these beads with glass like crystal - they are totally beautiful - and handmade. Each bead is made by an experienced artistic glass blower.
Beautiful ceramic beads made in Greece come glazed or unglazed. They come in 24kt gold plated, fine silver plated and copper plated. Although beautiful they are not perfect in shape, so look better made into more informal jewelry.
If you are interested in doing bead loom work, and weaving, the ideal beads to use are seed beads. The best quality seed beads are Czech and Japanese Miyuki Delica and Toho. They come in an assortment of colors and the sizes are consistent, which gives you an evenly finished product. Non-uniformity of beads will never give you an even finish when you weave with them. Seed beads are probably the most commonly used, and the sky is the limit what can be made with them.
All these beads are obtainable from specialized outlets. You will immediately fall in love with them when you see them and your creative appetite will be whet.
Jewelry made from beads of glass, wood, ceramic, metal or any synthetic material can be made into beautiful necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Many of these items of jewelry can be worn with designer outfits and for casual wear.
Vintage glass beads are available online. They have been around for a very long time and were used as currency in bygone years. They were attributed a high value. Many beautiful items of jewelry have been made from glass beads. There are Venetian, Czech and lamp work beads and hand-blown glass beads that can be purchased online. There are many other sorts as well. It you are looking for any particular type you will have to browse the websites until you find what you want.
Swarovski beads are very beautiful crystal beads made in Austria. They are high quality crystals and are incorporated in beautiful items of jewelry. They are also freely available from bead stores and online stores. They are cut into beautiful designs and come in a selection of colors.
Sterling silver and pewter beads are also sought after for jewelry manufacture. They complement any jewelry design very well. Beads can be made from almost any natural material, as history has shown us. Historic man loved to make beads, not only for adornment of the body, but also for use as a monetary system.
Let us have fun in this write up! Fun can mean different things to different people, but for most of the girls and some cool guys, they can not imagine having a wonderful time without dressing up according to the occasion. If they are going out with friends, they would need to dress up accordingly. If they are going to a party with friends or to the night clubs they would need to dress up to enjoy the time in the maximum possible way. And when we are talking about dressing up, can we leave the jewellery behind? What are the jewellery for fun times? Ask any Brit lad or lady and apt comes the reply beads. Beads like seed beads, bugle beads, glass, crystal, cat's eye, metal, shell - it can be any kind. Let us have a little fun with all kinds of beads.
First let us talk about glass beads. Glass beads, as the name suggests are beads that have glass like appearance. They go with any kind of occasion starting from outing with friends to parties and social gatherings.
Bugle beads - just like seed beads are very colourful beads. This means they come in different colours. You can pair two or more number of colours together to make a heady concoction of colours or you can also use one kind of colour.
Crystal beads are made up of crystal. They come in different shapes and colours and are great for party wear. They can make you look scintillating in a few seconds and ready for the evening.
And then we have seed beads. The fun, fashionable and funky looking seed beads come in different shapes and colours. They are your best bet when you want to look chic and cool. Both guys and girls can wear them around their necks or wrists.
Seed beads can be used in a variety of ways when it comes to jewelry making, accessorizing, embellishing and crafting. There are many projects posted on the internet that make use of these tiny beads. But, because using them can be really complicated, especially in jewelry designing, there have been a lot of questions about the sizes, shapes, styles and finishes of these beads. So if you are also looking to use seed beads in your creations, but don't have much information about their features, then here are some facts about seed beads. This piece of information is aimed to clarify your doubts about these beads so you can use them in your crafting and beading projects with ease.
These beads are available in a variety of finishes. Here's a look.
Standard - usually made from ordinary glass
Matte - finishing that does not reflect light
Transparent - allows light to pass through
Opaque - does not allow light to pass through the beads
Milky - allows some light to pass through
Iridescent - allows light to reflect in a variety of colors
Iris - similar to iridescent, but is more towards the bluer and metallic side
Metal lined - the hole is usually lined with a reflective metal such as copper, silver or gold
Color lined - the hole is given another color
Metallic - finishing that looks like metal such as gold or silver
Luster - pastel shades
Silky - finishing that appears that the beads are made from strands of silk. They are highly reflective
Sizing of these beads are based in imperial measurements meaning that they are measured on their side. Here is an example. If 10 of these beads when laid together on their sides fit one inch, then their measurement would be 10/0. Similarly if only 7 or 12 fit, then the measurement will be 7/0 and 12/0 respectively.
Seed beads are very tiny and their sizes range from 6/0 to 23/0. Very rarely you may also come across 30/0. But the most common size that is suitable for most beading and crafting projects is 11/0. Anything that is above 22/0 is considered as antique as manufacturers don't make these sizes anymore. To work with beads which are in this size range, you will have to become a serious collector.
Round or rocaille is the most common shape for these beads. They have a softer and more organic finish. Cylinder style beads are also very popular as they give a geometric finish. There are also bugle beads available, but their sizes tend to be very inconsistent. But, most of them are in the size range of 11/0. Bugle beads are available in round and twisted shapes. They are often gold or silver lined to make them stand out from the rest. With these beads, there is usually a limit on the color, finish and style that you can find. Teardrops, triangles and cubes are some other shapes that these beads are available in.