Another types of beads

Beads


There are many types of beads available, and choosing the right beads for a project is essential. So, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of finding a good supplier who will be able to advise you on the best beads to use.
Most beads are sold either by weight (grams) or in hanks. It is impossible to mention every bead available, so I focus on the most common ones.

Seed beads

Seed beads

Seed beads are the most popular type of bead. There are two types of seed beads:

* Japanese beads are cylindrical in shape and range in size from 6 (the largest) to 22 (the smallest). They are thought to be more uniform in size and have larger holes than the equivalent size of Czech bead. They are ideal for all types of beadwork.

* Czech beads range in size from 7 to 20. They are usually more doughnut-shaped than Japanese beads, and are best used for off-loom beading and bead embroidery

Delica beads

Delica beads(antique beads)

These superior beads are perfectly cylindrical in shape and have thin walls and large holes. They are ideal for bead weaving where a very flat, smooth finish is required. There are only two sizes – size 11 and the larger size 8. Delica beads are more expensive than seed beads, but well worth using for that special project.

Bugle beads

Bugle beads

Bugle beads are long cylindrical beads available in a variety of colors, finishes and twists. They are sized in millimeters, the most common sizes being 2, 3, and 5mm. Take care when using them as they can have quite shape edges which could cut through thread. Bugle beads are mainly used for edgings and fringes.

Shaped beads

Shaped beads

Apart from the usual cylindrical shape, there are also other shapes of beads – triangles, squares and hexagonal (six sided) – which can give an unusual and different texture to your project. Shaped beads can be found in a variety of materials: metals, glass, plastic and wood.

Faceted beads

Faceted beads

A faceted bead has many flat surfaces (called faces or facets) cut into it that reflects light. Most common in gemstone jewelry but there are many different beads that are available faceted. Crystal beads are a good example of faceted beads. They are useful as accent or feature beads, and I use them quite frequently. They are sized in millimeters from 3 to 10mm.

Round beads

Round beads

These can be made from plastic, wood, glass or semi-precious stones. They are sized in millimeters from 2 to 10mm or even larger.

Beautiful beaded badges

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Many teachers are required to wear I.D. badges. Wouldn’t they love to consider that badge a piece of jewelry instead of a nuisance? Here is an idea for a beaded badge holder necklace to make wearing the badge a fashion statement.

Creamy white pearls and bright gold beads aге strung to form the go-with-everything beaded necklace strap. Use woven or braided cord or matte black beads for the guys. The brightly painted wooden apple with pressed glass leaves is fitted with a large jump ring to accommodate the clip on the badge. A large variety of wooden shapes are available if you wish to create a similar badge holder for other professions.


At thirty inches long, the beaded badge holder necklace fits easily over the head. The magnetic clasp will safely break away if the badge holder becomes entangled.

Materials needed:

• 2 grams Gold silver-lined seed beads, size 11

• 22 freshwater pearls. Each * 6 mm

• 44 gold corrugated rounds, 3mm

• 2 Gold crimp beads

• 3G” braided beading wire

• 1 Magnetic clasp.

• 2 Green pressed glass leaves with hole
from stem to point

• 2 Gold eye pins, each 4* longer than
your leaf beads

Tools needed:

• Rat or chain nose pliers

• Round nose pliers

• Wire cutters and eye protection

• Paintbrush if needed

• Thread

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Beaded Easter Eggs

Have you ever thought of decorating your Easter Eggs with beads? Today’s post will tell you how to create a colorful beaded Easter egg.

Decorating Easter eggs with beads is an interesting challenge because of the shape. There are literally millions of patterns that you could come up with to cover your egg. In the end you will get beautiful beaded Easter eggs that will have a unique design. Continue reading Beaded Easter Eggs