Types of Beads
Beads come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors for all of your different needs. Below we'll describe some of the most popular beads that are used today.
Bail beads are usually made out of silver or sterling silver. They are often used as spacers when making jewelry.
Bugle beads are long beads that are shaped like a cylinder or tube.
Drop beads are shaped like a pear or raindrop. The hole is usually through the narrow end of the bead.
Hex beads look similar to gemstones and they are faceted on all sides.
Lampwork beads are made from molten glass. Because of the delicate process that it takes to create them, lampwork beads can have wonderful colors, stripes and dots.
Pony beads are large beads which makes them great for kids to make their own jewelry. Pony beads are often made out of plastic
Swarovski Crystal Beads
Swarovski crystal beads were originally made in Austria and are often used to create fine jewelry. These beads are known for their sparkle.
Seed beads are round, small beads that are usually made out of glass. These beads come in a wide variety of colors which makes them perfect for jewelry as well as needle craft projects.
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