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Glass Seed Beads Introduction

1. What are glass seed beads? Seed beads are uniformly shaped, spherical beads ranging in size from under a millimeter to several millimeters. "Seed bead" is a generic term for any small bead. Usually rounded in shape, seed beads are most commonly used for loom and off-loom bead weaving. They may be used for simple stringing, or as spacers between other beads in jewelry. Larger seed beads are used in various fiber crafts for embellishment, or crochet with fiber or soft, flexible wire.Seed b

Amber

Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects.

Coral

Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum and several related species of marine coral. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewelry.

Turquoise

Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.

Tiger Eye

Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone that is usually a metamorphic rock that is a golden to red-brown color, with a silky luster.

Sodalite

Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental gemstone. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. The more uniformly blue material is used in jewellery, where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads.

Moonstone

Moonstone is a sodiumpotassiumaluminiumsilicate, with the chemical formula (Na,K)AlSi3O8. Moonstone has been used in jewelry for centuries, including ancient civilizations.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color.

Jasper

Jasper is an opaque, impure variety of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color and rarely blue.

Aventurine

Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterized by its translucency and the presence of platy mineralinclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence.

Belly Chain

A belly chain or waist chain is a type of body jewelry worn around the waist. Some belly chains attach to a navel piercing, these are also called "pierced belly chains".

Plier

Pliers are a hand tool used to hold objects firmly, possibly developed from tongs used to handle hot metal in Bronze Age Europe, they are also useful for bending and compressing a wide range of materials.

Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making jewelry by hand. In wire wrapping, jewelry is made using jewelry wire and findings similar to wire (like head-pins) to make components. Wire components are then connected to one another using mechanical techniques with no soldering or heating of the wire.

Soldered

Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal (solder) into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal. Soldering differs from welding in that soldering does not involve melting the work pieces.

Polish

Polishing and buffing are finishing processes for smoothing a workpiece's surface using an abrasive and a work wheel. A common misconception is that a polished surface has a mirror bright finish, however most mirror bright finishes are actually buffed. Polishing is often used to enhance the looks of an item, prevent contamination of instruments, remove oxidation, create a reflective surface, or prevent corrosion in pipes.

Plated

Plating is a surface covering in which a metal is deposited on a conductive surface. Plating is used to decorate objects; Jewelry typically uses plating to give a silver or gold finish.

Metal Clay

Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds.