Video:Tips for Choosing Beads for Braceletswith Esther Esses
Choosing beads for bracelets that you want to make can be a matter of preference, but there are important factors to consider. Watch this About.com video to see some helpful tips.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Choosing Beads for Bracelets
Hi, I'm Esther Esses. Vice President of the bead society of greater New York. I'm here today for About.com to share some tips on choosing beads for bracelets.
About Beads for Bracelets
In choosing beads for bracelets, there are an infinite variety of beads. By definition a bead is something with a hole in it. It could be any shape, color, size, etc. Bracelets get the most abuse. They are on your wrist and its always moving and it's easy to hit something or have something bump into you, so you want to be careful about what kind on beads you use.
Choosing the Right Beads for Bracelets
Some of the beads that are good for bracelets are gemstones. This particular bracelet is made with tiger eye, and another kind of bead which is extremely popular are Czech Fire Polished Beads. This bead is I believe made of horn, it's extremely light-weight and is certainly good for a bracelet. This bead is a rondelle-shaped and is highly faceted. This bead is also made in a rondelle shape, and is faceted as well. They come in all colors and sizes. These are Chinese lamp-work beads, and of course they can be incorporated into necklaces.
One very popular bead to work with is crystal. It too comes in all colors, shapes and sizes and have the most wonderful sparkle. This bracelet is also made with crystal, size twelve millimeter. Another component of bracelets is something like these small drops. You would not want to use these drops, they are rather large and ceramic and they could easily be broken. This particular ceramic bead you could use as a focal point, mixed with other beads, but you would not want to do the whole bracelet with it.
It would get destroyed fairly quickly. One of the beads that you would not use in the bracelet, this is blown glass, it is a Venetian bead and it is extremely light weight, and delicate. It's fine for a necklace but I would never use it for a bracelet, cause if you hit it, it will shatter. This is just a small, small selection of what is out there that can be used for jewelry.
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