Beading Basics

TO MAKE STUNNING BEAD JEWELRY. YOU'LL NEED A FEW BEADS AND A FEW WAYS TO HOLD THEM TOGETHER.

Faceted

Faceted

Round

Round

Tube

Tube

Melon

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Chios

Square

Square

Water

Water

Pipes

BEADS

Bone. horn. wood, metal, precious and semiprecious stones, rock, shell, clay, glass, paper, fabric—if It can be carved, molded, or drilled, people have made beads out of it. Today, beads are available in a range of colors, materials, and shapes (see Figure 1) to suit every conceivable taste.

Bead Sizes

Beads are measured in millimeters. If you're accustomed to Inches, note the comparison in Figure 2. Note also the circles in Figure 3, which are shown actual size.

Inches

Millimeters

Inches

Millimeters

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