These pages are just here to help out! The instructions show you how to do
different types of stitches.
Information about beads types and sizes!
Types of Beads:
Seed beads (more information)
Fire-polished beads (finishes defined)
Pressed glass beads
Furnace glass beads
Lead crystal beads
Seed beads are uniformly shaped round or tube like beads. They come in a
variety of sizes with lots of different kinds and a lot of
different names. Most of the names are derived from the country
they we made in. Seed beads are most often used for Loom or off
loom bead weaving.
(Clear 6 mm) with AB coating
Fire Polished Beads are made in the Czech Republic. They are cut
with machines which make the cut shadowy like scratched glass.
Then the beads go through a kiln and they are heated to over
1200 degrees, just hot enough to melt the edges smooth. Hence
Fire Polished. This is a less expensive way to polish a bead
than buffing the cuts smooth.
Disc Round Edge Red Tigers Eye 10mm
Pressed Glass beads are made by placing hot glass into a mold
and then pressing it with a stamp that has the same mold shape.
Thus a the same shape on both sides. Most of the time these
beads come in shapes such as leaves and flowers. Sometime
the shape can be a simple round, oval of disk shape.
Cloisonné beads that we are most familiar with here in the US
are the ones made in China.
Cloisonné beads are made on a base metal such as brass or
copper. The pieces would like similar to stained glass with out
the glass. Then glass is ground up and mixed with a liquid just
enough to make a paste. Then the paste in placed into the
designs and fired in a kiln until the glass melts and melds
When the bead comes out of the kiln and has cooled, it is then
ground and polished until it is smooth and shiny. The exposed
metal is then electroplated with either gold or silver to add
beauty and flare to the beads.
Chevron beads originated in Italy and were used for slave trade
also called trade beads. If you have ever seen how Fimo
beads are made, it is a similar process done with glass.
They add lair after lair of glass heating it each time they add
a color. Most often the design in the Chevron beads is
star shaped. After they have added the colors and clear glass
and the artist is satisfied with the look, the glass is
stretched to the desired sized and cut in to beads. When they
cut the beads you cannot see the star, so they grind and polish
the ends to reveal the art inside.
Furnace Glass beads are very similar to chevron beads and also originated in Italy.
The technique for making them is much the same as Chevron beads
but with a most artsy touch to the beads. The ends of the
Furnace beads are not ground down like the Chevron beads. The
technique for making them is also very similar to making art
Dichroic Glass beads are new on the sence of beads. NASA used a
metal coating for the space program, that happened to be very
pretty! Who Knew! LOL
Dichroic glass has a coating or specks of metal bonded to the
surface of the bead with a torch or by use of a kiln. Giving the
bead a metallic reflective surface, that changes as viewed like
a mirrored surface.
Lampwork Glass beads are quite often made in the US. They are
made individually and each one is made by
hand. They are made with rod and or cane
glass and heated over a torch or flame. A number
of types of glass and colors can be added to
Lampwork beads. Sometimes precious metals
are added for a more valuable and unique bead.
Crystal Beads are most commonly
known as Swarovski Crystal,
because they are most famous for
their Crystal beads. Swarovski
is like a brand name. Crystal is
defined as leaded glass, the
same glass that your Crystal
goblet would be made of. Crystal
has incredible clarity. Bead cut
from Crystal are often
multi-faceted to resemble
Beading is a passion.
I don't know how many times I've said and
heard others say "beading gives me a purpose.
Now explaining the purpose of beading is a whole other thing!!
We bead because we like making things, pretty things.
Beading keeps our hands busy when we can't do anything else.
We bead because it calms us down. Sometimes beading goes beyond just calming us,
beads helps put the pain aside.
I think it has something to do with the counting, and the rhythm.
Beading can be very addicting!!
First, beads draw you in with their pretty colors, all their hues, and the
feel of the beads can be enticing. Smooth, rough, tiny, some are
almost perfect and others are "all wobbly". Sometimes beads even make me laugh.