Additional Craft Information:
Although the art of making your own jewelry is nothing new there is a lot of different ideas of where to buy seed beads. There are many people who seem to have an artistic and creative mind and can channel this into the creation of beautiful jewelry. Over the last few years this art seems to have grown more popular, as the popularity of the Internet has grown so too has the popularity of the beading craft.
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A few years ago most people who were involved in making jewelry would have to go to their local arts and craft shop to buy their materials or look out for a fair that was coming to their area. Since the recession hit many craft shops have closed their doors and large retail outlets have very little choice of materials as they expand in other areas to compete with other stores.
Because the majority of jewelry made with beads are made up of seed beads the question has to be asked where to buy seed beads now? The answer has to be that the best place is online because there is so much choice. If you were to use a search engine like Google you would find thousands of advertisements for seed beads and the choice of shape, size and color is astounding.
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When you buy seed beads online there are a couple of things you need to remember. First thing is that seed beads are generally quite small as the name implies but they can also be quite large. Until you become familiar with different sizes of beads it's a good idea to keep a ruler beside you so you have some point of reference. Another thing is that the pictures are often enhanced and are taken under bright light and may not give a true reflection of the color.
The most famous of the seed beads are the Czech ones. They seem to be the most popular amongst jewelry makers as they are precision made and renowned for being uniform in size. Another popular seed bead are Japanese ones. One of the more well known ones are Toho, they are tiny in size and known after their manufacturer. Although seed beads can be used on there own they are often used as a spacer or to help in alignment of larger beads or as filler.
There are a number of forums online and I would recommend that you join one and become part of their community. You can soon make some very good friends and the amount of knowledge and information on there is astounding. Once you have read a few posts and had a browse around you will soon find the most popular online deals available and members of the forum are happy to pass on any recommendations they have.