Loose beads are used to make jewelry and add decorative touches to a variety of objects. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Loose beads also come in a variety of materials, such as glass, quartz, and sterling silver.
Commonly used for jewelry, loose beads can also be used for other craft projects. Bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are the traditional jewelry items made out of loose beads. Wire, leather, and string are some of the materials used to string the beads together to accomplish this task. Crafters also use loose beads to adorn picture frames, candle holders, and mirrors.
Beads come in shapes and sizes appropriate for all types of craft projects. Round, square, and rectangular shapes are common for jewelry crafts. Other projects may utilize heart-shaped, star-shaped, or flat beads to help portray a specific image or help them adhere to a flat surface. Unique shapes, such as crosses, horseshoes, and animals, can also be found.
Available colors are as numerous as the shapes and sizes. Beads come in popular colors, such as red, blue, and purple, and also come in natural colors, such as browns and tans. Some beads, especially glass beads, feature a design or image with multiple colors.
Glass beads can offer an exciting way to add dimension to jewelry or other craft project. These beads are often created by glass artisans who use multiple colors to shape and design individual and unique beads. Often referred to as lampwork glass beads, the beads can also have added texture and designs on the outside of the bead.
Quartz is another type of loose bead available for jewelry and crafts. The types and colors of this mineral range from clear to colored quartz. Colors available include rose, amethyst, citrine, and smoky.
Sterling silver beads also find their way into jewelry and other art projects. These beads often have sayings and symbols carved into them. Silver beads may also feature colored stones or crystals to help coordinate with other beads chosen for a specific jewelry or craft project.
Loose beads can also come in a variety of other materials. Wood beads can add a natural touch to leather strung jewelry and can feature carvings, such as initials and symbols. Birthstone beads, such as turquoise, garnet, emerald, or sapphire, are another popular bead for jewelry and crafts. Other types of beads include those made from jade, marble, and pearl.