When you are a beginner to the fun and relaxing world of beading, you may need to understand all of the bead characteristics, since the choices can be overwhelming.
It might be important to become aware of the style, shape, material or making process, depending on the occasion and whether it is just a whimsical child’s project or an important piece of jewelry for a new bride. Since the characteristics of beads can vary so greatly, the choices are endless and the hobby has become popular for all ages.
Style can be one of the major characteristics of beads, but most people may not realize how many different styles are available. Facet beads are available in sizes that range from 6mm to 25mm, making them popular for many types of beading projects. Seed beads are very small glass beads, available in a variety of colors, while their metallic counterparts are known as “Rocailles” beads. “E Beads” are a larger style of the seed beads, commonly used in jewelry-making. If you are looking for a popular style of beads for children, alphabet beads are perfect for younger spelling enthusiasts, while pony beads have a larger hole and are the beads are large enough for small hands to work with.
One of the most unique characteristics of beads could be shape, because there are so many different ones to consider. They can be round, barrel-shaped, cylinder, cubes, carved discs or rice, tubular, oval or rectangular. This is just a mere sampling of the most common choices, but you can find beads that resemble animals, plants, shells and other familiar objects. Almost any shape can be found already made, but if you collect stones, bones, shells or unique pieces of wood, it’s possible to come up with natural shapes, which are quite popular.
One of the diverse characteristics of beads may be the material they are made from, since you can find them made of glass, gemstones, crystal, acrylic or plastics and clay, stone or polymer. If you go into a bead shop, you may find so many types that it is difficult to decide. You aren’t limited in the types of material, whether natural or manmade.
Bead Making Process