What are these beads?
Beads are small pieces of crystals, glass, stone or similar materials used as decorative objects. They are also made up of wood, pearls, seashells and available in different sizes and shapes. Beads have a hole in their center, which enables their threading with other beads into a chain. A wire is usually used to thread all the beads together into fashion accessories or decorative items.
Beads for jewelry making are available in various materials like woven beads, glass beads, clay beads, Bone and cinnabar beads, Acrylic beads etc. Crystals made up of fiber or glass also fall into the sub-category of beads as they are small objects with a hole drilled in the center to form a chain or a bracelet.
Shapes & Sizes of beads
Beads are available in multiple shapes. The most common ones are the round shaped beads with a hole in the center. The other common types of beads include Bugle beads which are tubular in shape available in different lengths, colors, twists and finishes. Chatons are crystal beads with pointed back and they sparkle. Crystal beads are made up of leaded glass and have additional shine properties. Flatbacks, Donuts, Faceted beads, semi-precious gem beads and many other types are available in the market.
The sizes vary accordingly from one model to another. For example a tubular bead has multiple lengths with a minimum size of 0.5 to a maximum of size 5. Similarly the round or beads vary in diameter.
Beaded jewelry is the most popular form of low price ranged jewelry’s, although the prices may vary depending upon the material chosen for the beads. For example a bead necklace made up of glass beads will cost relatively very less when compared to that of pearl beads or semi-precious stone beads.
Jewelry making using beads is a very simple and cost effective process, as it mainly requires beads of various shapes and colors and a wire to thread them into attractive design. Few other items such as adhesives, beading tools, micro pliers etc. may be required to bring a proper finish to the jewelry.
Beaded jewelry mainly includes neck-pieces made of attractive beads of various sizes and colors, bracelets and earrings or hangings.