What are galvanized seed beads?
Galvanized beads are created by an unstable surface treatment or chemical wash that give a metallic coating to the bead’s surface. They were originally designed for loom weaving for pieces that would be matted and kept under glass.
What does PermaFinish mean?
Opaque: Opaque is a solid bead and transmits no light. PermaFinish or PF: TOHO has developed a technology that has dramatically improved the stability of their galvanized, silver-lined, and Ceylon beads. … Transparent: No finish has been applied to these beads and they are completely see through.
Which seed beads are best?
Japanese seed beads are popular because of their consistent quality and uniform shape. Japanese seed beads have larger holes than Czech seed beads of a comparable size. We stock primarily Miyuki seed beads. Cylinder shaped beads called Delicas are the highest quality seed beads in production today.
Do Preciosa beads fade?
Most seed bead finishes are usually quite resilient depending on the level of wear. Also, consider storing your beads away from sunlight. UV light can fade finishes. If using beads that you are aware will fade over time, be clever about how and where you use them.
What is the difference between Miyuki and Toho seed beads?
There is a big difference between Seed Beads from Miyuki and seed beads from Toho. Miyuki seed beads are far more indifferent than Toho beads. The seed beads of Miyuki are round, just like Toho beads, but some are a bit larger than the rest of the pack. Toho seed beads are mostly the same round seed beads.
What are the tiniest seed beads?
The most common aught sizes you will find at bead shops and online are 15/0 (the smallest), followed by 11/0, 10/0, 8/0, and 6/0. Size 6 is the largest seed bead and is often called an ‘E’ bead.
How do you keep seed beads from fading?
Coat your beads with clear acrylic spray paint before working with them. If you’re working with seed beads, one way to do this is to pour them into a plastic zip bag, spray a bit of paint into the bag, shake the bag to coat the beads, and pour them onto plastic sheeting to dry.
What is AB coating on beads?
A: “AB,” or Aurora Borealis, is a bead treatment inspired by Northern Lights. It is a coating (usually on one side) applied to glass beads that creates a rainbow or iridescent effect. The effect was invented in 1955 by Swarovski in partnership with Christian Dior.
What is Duracoat on beads?
“Duracoat®” is a durable clear coating for dyed or galvanized beads. It is a thicker and stronger coating than a traditional one. This means the colors will last and keep their brightness. No dulling or flaking like with ‘craft-brand’ beads.
What are electroplated beads?
Electroplate Glass Beads
The electroplated glass beads have an amazing glossy coating, available in many different bead shapes and finishes. They can be widely used in your jewelry making and craft project.