I have been into jewelry making since 5 years ago and I have worked with various types of beads, tools, and accessories for making jewelry. Glass beads are one of the best beads I have worked with. Glass beads can be used in a number of ways for making beautiful pieces of jewelry. Not many people know that the jewelry made from these beads is the oldest, as it dates back to the Egyptian, Roman, and Native American times. Now, they are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.
All jewelry designers should know how important it is to use the right bead type for creating particular pieces of jewelry. I learned that when making jewelry from glass beads, you will have to choose the one with the best size, color, and shape. Quality beads must be purchased too. There are some beads that are meant for making contemporary styles and traditional styled jewelry so you need to be aware of the right type of beads for every particular project.
Here I have separated some tips that all jewelry makers can follow in order to buy the glass beads for the type of crafty jewelry project you wish to make:
Design and style of the jewelry
First of all, you have to determine the style and design of the jewelry you are wishing to create. It can be any piece of jewelry like earrings, anklets, necklaces, and even bracelets. Once you have chosen what type of jewelry you wish to make, the next thing you have to worry about is the design. You must have all the knowledge about the latest trends for this purpose. After this, you will have to decide whether you want to make a contemporary piece or a traditional piece.
Types of beads
Now you must look into the types of beads available. Some of the common types of glass beads available include pearls, murano glass beads, lampwrok, Milefiori, and dichroic beads. If you are looking forward to make an antique collection of jewelry, then you will need vintage beads in the glass categories. They are really popular because of their etched design and uniqueness.
There are certain special types of glass beads available that can let you make special jewelry pieces. I used these special beads for making expensive line of jewelry. I was able to sell them like hot cakes. You will have to use these beads in a particular way. They are different in terms of their shapes, colors, and sizes. They are the crackle blown and fire polished beads, which are quite expensive.
Quality of beads
Before buying the glass beads, it is significant to check the quality. These beads are going to be critical to handle. If you will purchase the inferior ones that are produced in factories then you won’t find them durable. My first experience with these beads wasn’t great because I bought the inferior ones. They were so delicate that I broke many of them while making pieces of jewelry. Make sure that they have the same size holes too so that it could be easier for you to make jewelry.