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Here I would like to have a brief discussion on seed beads. Like anything else in order to be successful, you should be armed with pertinent information on materials, sizes, colors shapes etc. etc. first of all; you don't have to be an Einstein to know why they are given the name 'seed' beads. Their small size, some as small as a grain of sand, some are elongated; some are round having the appearance of seeds. Seed beads can be made from several types of materials, but the majorities are made of glass.
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Crafts people from around the world use these tiny jewels in a variety of projects. Just a few of the things that seed beads are used in are; quilting, jewelry, loom work and embroidery. Many jewelry makers use seed beads as spacers when manufacturing bracelets, necklaces and other stringed jewelry pieces. The uses of seed beads are only limited by the craftsman's imagination.
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The rule of thumb to remember when buying seed beads, is that the higher the number the smaller the bead. The measurement/size usually refers to how many beads will fit in a one-inch square. For example if 18 beads fit into a one-inch square, the bead is considered an 18/0 size, the term is usually spoken or expressed as eighteen ought. The “ought” simply means zero. A 6/0 bead would be quite a bit larger than a 18/0
Seed bead manufacturers use varying degrees of quality control when producing their products. Higher quality manufacturing methods produce more uniform beads, exhibiting more exact shapes and sizes. These beads will usually command a higher price. The manufacturers employing lesser quality control may have products with irregular shapes and sizes, and their prices should reflect this shortcoming.
Seed beads can be bundled for sale in a number of ways. The 'hank' is one way of packaging, and you can expect to get 100 beads or more on a hank. Some vendors package their beads in small tins, and even small glass jars. The jars are used by some crafters to separate their beads by color and size.
With the information that you have gained from this article, you should be able to confidently shop your local stores, or online and get the perfect seed beads for your projects. Good luck and happy beading.