Seed beads are small uniform shaped beads that range in sizes, colors shapes and finishes. One can use them for embroidery for beaded weaving techniques like peyote stitch and brick stitch. They are used as a stable component to create a wide variety of jewelry designs. Seed beads are also used for simple stringing, beaded flower making and spacers between other beads.
Here are some fun facts about seed beads:
Seed beads have been around for a very long time. Way back they were used in trading goods and services. Contrary to their value, seed beads are now coveted. All beading enthusiasts want to own these cute pieces and do creative jewelry designs with them.
The most common material used creates seed beads as glass then metal and then ceramic.
In the 1840s, Indians utilize seed beads to design necklaces and all kinds of jewelry. They also added the seed beads to adorn clothing. They use the seed beads as barter materials when the Indians traded goods and services with other tribes.
In the 13th century beads became used for beadwork. At that time European jewelry was made from coral beads and pearls so these seed beads became more prominent as royal families began to wear them.
In the 15th century, CB creation was done in traditional European glassmaking in the center of Murano Italy. It then moved to Bohemia, France and Germany. France became central and noteworthy as many jewelry makers use faceted metal seed beads.
Most all contemporary high-quality glass seed beads now come from Japan and the Czech Republic. Each piece is distinctive and manufactured uniquely so it has a niche. Beads are sold in containers, bags, tubes and on hanks.
Seed beads come in very many types and variations and you can decide how you want to work them into your jewelry design. Selecting the correct bead can create a big difference in your beading project. There is a wide assortment of seed beads so you will not have any difficulty in creating a unique design.
Most jewelry enthusiasts use glass seed beads but there are others who use natural seed beads. Glass seed beads are made by blowing or winding while natural seed beads are handcrafted and use a variety of plant seeds and nuts. They are usually harvested from countries like Guatemala, Ecuador, Indonesia and the Philippines. The seeds are renewable resources and ecological.
Whether you're a beginner jeweler or an experienced jeweler seed beads are the perfect staple for your jewelry designs. Happy beading!