Additional Craft Information:
Seed Beads are called that because they have the appearance of small seeds, when you buy seed beads they are not sold as a quantity but rather than in weight. The thought of counting out those tiny beads, it doesn't bare thinking about. Seed beads come in many different sizes and probably the most common is the 1mm size. Obviously there are other sizes to consider.
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There are differing approaches to the measurement of seed beads. Some suppliers and shops gives different sizes, for example the size measurement of 11/0 means that 11 beads would measure at one inch in size. This can only be a rough estimation and not exact as it usually relates to the length of the beads when they were on the plastic rod before they were cut. Obviously you would lose some length due to when they are cut.
The appeal of seed beads are how versatile they are and also the flexibility of uses they have for decoration. Some people spruce up old clothing by decorating them with seed beads. It can bring a whole new dimension to those old garments. The most popular usage for seed beads however has to jewelry.
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As they come in many different colors and sizes you can create bespoke jewelry items that no one else will own. In fact using beads is only limited by your imagination, seed beads come in matt finish as well as a shiny look. Other designs are cleverly made as they are clear on the outside and have color in the middle very much like a marble. These type of designs can make any piece of jewelry like a bracelet look fantastic.
The beading community is large, there are many people who love working with seed beads and like the way that they can express their artistic skills by using different color palettes and sizes. So really there are no limits to what you can achieve after you buy seed beads. As they have a low cost you can experiment without being hit in the pocket.
A lot of beginners like to take a more planned approach and like to follow patterns. By using patterns you can achieve more elaborate beaded designs, usually patterns have diagrams and instructions for you to follow. All though it can take a lot of concentration to follow a pattern the item you create at the end can be stunning, you will be amazed that you actually created such a complex item.
Once you have mastered following patterns you can then start putting your own twist on the design and make it more your own work. Within time you may even start creating your own patterns which other people can follow, imagine someone else recreating your work, the ultimate in flattery.