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How about a crash course on the most
popular bead categories and types. They'll
be a test later...
- "H" (cut
beads): usually the same
size a seed beads, but with 6
sizes. Hexagonal or an irregular
cut. The flat surface causes
more light to shine from the
- Bugle Beads:
shaped like a tube, smooth
or with 6 sides. Sizes from from
2mm to 40mm. Light also reflects
very well off of a bugle bead.
- Roundel: these
are more donut shaped, with a
center hold. They're available
in both smooth and faceted form. Many
times they're set with rhinestones.
- Faceted Beads:
lots of shapes and sizes, but
they all have flat surface either
cut or molded in a regular pattern.
- Drop: any
bead shaped like a pear, with
a hole at the narrow end or lengthwise
through the bead.
- Fancy: anything
not listed above, but with a
hole that you can sew through.
- Freshwater: suppose
to look like Rice Krispies! Can
be tinted or natural
- Cultured: real
pearls, but started by human hands
- Baroque: irregularly
- Costume: fake
pearls. Do not dry clean. Do
not iron. Do Not Use!
- Cups: disc shaped,
center hole, domed.
- Flat: same as
cups, but not domed.
- Paillets: disc
shaped, the hole is close up to one
edge. Most times flat.
- Fancy: anything
not listed above. All materials,
sizes and shapes. Check before using
for color and material stability.
Sew On Jewels and Rhinestones
- Jewels: flat backs, with
a mirror finish on the back. Sew
in place by using the holes drilled
in them. Remember, don't use
the plastic ones.
- Sew on Rhinestones: most
times round in shape, secured in
a metal bracket. There are two or
more channels on the back to pass
your thread through. Check the metal;
try to use only stainless to avoid
So why are
we so adament about not using anything
but glass beads or real stones?
irons. Presses. Hours of work gone in 5
seconds or less!
If you're going
to put all that time and effort into a
project, don't cheap out at the end with
Not only will your garment
or piece reflect the lower
but if you do happen to catch one with
your iron, it will melt.
is just not worth saving $2 on
your bead cost.