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Types of Beads

Cylinder

Cylinder beads (also call delica or toho) are typically long in length with a tubular shape and a large hole through the center. They are versatile in use and can be used as a spacer between other beads or used for basic stringing. Additionally, this type of bead is great for most textile, embroidery, crochet and knitting projects.

Crystal

Crystal beads are a combination of cut glass and lead. The lead content is about 30%, which helps to give a very refractive quality. One of the finest options is the Swarovski crystal beads. They have a very high quality and contain many colors. The most striking designs can have up to 50 colors and plenty of effects. This bead is likely to feature as a decoration sewn into fabric.

Bali

Bali beads are miniature works of art that are handcrafted by the local people in Bali, Indonesia. They are made in.925 sterling silver and look very striking on a piece of jewelry. Typically, they are used as a spacer.

Lampwork

Lampwork beads are created by hand using glass. The beads are made by simply melting the colored glass with a torch. The ability to create by hand gives complete freedom in the design process. While the process used to make the beads can be a little laborious, the pattern and design options can be exquisitely beautiful.

Pony

Pony beads are made of plastic and a very low-cost option for making a piece of jewelry. A typical use is in the children’s craft projects. They can vary in size, but the most typical size is in the region of 4 millimeters.