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Important Beading Terms

Beading is a creative endeavor that uses small, decorative objects on a thread or string to create jewelry, art and designs. Many people choose to pursue this activity as a hobby, though many people have made it a career. Creating necklaces, bracelets and art this way is a fun and useful enterprise. Here are some important terms in beading.

  • Clasp – This is a metal fastener that links the two end pieces together. It usually has two pieces, one female and one male. The male part will be inserted into the female part and lock into place.
  • Cloisonné – This is technique that is used in metalworking that uses compartments within the metal by soldering thin silver or gold wires on their edges. This separates out the patterns which are then filled with enamel or gemstones.
  • Millefiori – This is a special technique that produces beautiful, interesting patterns on glass. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. It is an ancient technique that is still used to create beautiful necklaces and bracelets.
  • Seed – These are spherical, uniform in shape and come in a variety of sizes and materials, like gems or pearls. Seed is also a colloquial term for those that are smaller in size. They have very small centers and require the use of a specialized long, narrow needle. They are considered the smallest in their class. Starting at size five or six they are classified as pony, and increasing in size as trade or crow.
  • Spacer – The purpose of these items are to separate the beads from each other. They are usually metal, glass or plastic and come in a variety of colors, lengths and widths. They are created to be less noticed than their neighbors and are incorporated into many jewelry patterns.
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    Wildpurpleberrie Creations
    110 N Water St, Silverton, OR 97381
    WildPurpleBerrie Creations offers custom portraits by appointment, art lessons for beginners and custom gemstone beading. We also have an art gallery at our store featuring eclectic art.
    (503) 507-6621
    Village Beads
    7807 Sw Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
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    (503) 244-1821
    User Review: "Very well laid out store. Friendly and knowledgeable people. Great classes. It's nice to go into this store knowing that i..." - Cecelia (OR)
    Handley Rock & Jewelry Supply
    6160 Ne Highway 99, Vancouver, WA 98665
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    (360) 693-1034
    User Review: "Courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful wonderful people to do business with. Saved me a bundle!!"
    Beads A Million
    230 Liberty St Ne, Salem, OR 97301
    (503) 371-1343
    Elias Ceramics
    1286 Hillendale Dr Se, Salem, OR 97302
    (503) 378-7520
    Jack of All Beads
    618 Ne 3rd St, Mcminnville, OR 97128
    (503) 474-0611
    Spearit Beads & Co
    131 Broadalbin St Sw, Albany, OR 97321
    (541) 791-4313
    Potters Industries Inc
    350 N Baker Dr, Canby, OR 97013
    (503) 266-7814
    Day Dreamers
    905 Nw Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330
    (541) 752-2323
    Newberg Jewelry Studio & Sup
    2401 E Hancock St, Newberg, OR 97132
    (503) 554-0455
    Planet Bead Inc
    2905 Se 73rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123
    (503) 615-8509
    Buteo Beads
    17863 Sw Kinnaman Rd Apt 312, Beaverton, OR 97007
    (503) 747-4072
    1900 Mcloughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 97045
    (503) 655-3488
    Bead Bullies LLC
    12200 Sw Main St, Portland, OR 97223
    (503) 430-5050
    Bead Happy & Gallery
    15830 Se Mcloughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97267
    (503) 650-7885

    Making your own beaded jewelry is a great way to save money on items like necklaces and bracelets. From seed to glass to plastic beads, there are plenty of options for expressing your personal style. When you are thinking of making a necklace or bracelet, you should first decide on a design so you know what supplies to get. You will probably need to buy wire and clasps, as well as the beads and charms. Or, you could get gold or silver chains to use. You might also want to get spacers if you plan on following a pattern. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make gorgeous jewelry. This craft is easily pursued using cheap materials made out of plastic or glass. If you want to make gem stone jewelry, consider going to a wholesaler. Many will sell loose gem stones such as crystals, diamonds and pearls for less than a regular shop. If you can’t afford gems, consider faceted rhinestones or sequins to add some sparkle to your items. Working with beads takes patience as the little pieces can be challenging to place properly, but stick with it. The proper tools can be really helpful, such as good pliers and a magnifying glass. If this is your first time making jewelry, consider following a pattern to help you get going. Whether you want to make seed jewelry or want to work with diamonds, there is a project for you. Working with beads is a great way to pass the time and make something you can cherish forever.
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