of 11/0 gold colored
silver lined rochailles beads
Here are some pictures to help
you identify beads, I only used seed beads,
as they are what I prefer and are unchanged
in production for hundreds of years, and are
more widely available in styles and colors,
and more affordable. I use the most common variety,
Czechoslovakian Seed beads, in size 11/0 (11
beads per inch). There are more colors in this
size of this variety than any other. They come
in other sizes from 5/0 to 23/0 - the higher
the number the smaller the bead - but occasionally
in your buying you may find the perfect color,
but in 10/0 or 12/0. for embroidery that's perfectly
fine, you can vary sizes as you need, so have
fun!11/0 is a guide not a rule since the color
variety in that size is practically unmatched
in may other.
Czechs are more evenly sized than
from other cheaper retail store grade seeds
from countries like Taiwan and Japan. The cost
of these is actually cheaper than buying from
your local craft store. The most common way
to find them is in "hanks" - the average
"hank" is ten 20" strings of
beads doubled in half for about $3, your price
can vary depending on style, 3-cuts are a little
higher, like $3-6 a hank depending on color
or finish, but the hanks are about HALF the
size of the normal 11/0 hank.
A 11/0 hank is about 3,000 beads
or 60 grams. Compare this to the local craft
stores 10 gram bags for like 89cents. You actually
can save money at the bead store and come away
with more. The quality and colors selection
are also far more superior than any other kind
of bead as far as I am concerned.
There are also Delicas, which
are not referred to as seed beads but by their
name, which are a perfectly molded tiny bead,
shaped like a cylinder. These are widely used
in loom and peyote work as their perfect shape
ensure more uniform work. They are more expensive
and more limited in selection, or can be, than
"Czech seeds." Go to the sources page
and go to a couple of the retail links, they
sell Delicas if you need any further info.
Below are some finishes and basic
seed bead types, this is an enlargement of the
actual size of 1" wide.
Gold Lined Rochailles
This is clear or milky
glass over a gold foil, the difference in appearance
is pretty stunning. Much richer and warmer,
these pictures don't even even show it all that
well. These are pretty much only found at bead
store, I can only find them at bead shows.
In this case Blue clear
with a purple lining of paint or lacquer. While
these are way cool, DO NOT USE these for embroidery
or anything washed. Besides not being period,
the lining can and most probably will wash out
and possibly stain the area. These are a jewelry
only item in my book.
These probably most
closely resemble period beads. They are liks
short snapped off bugle beads, each one is different
due to this. They are more square and round
and have sharp edges, but what three cuts have
that the period ones do not, is facets, or more
like flat carved off areas. They are irregular
and randomly "cut"but these beads
sparkle like all get out. These are usually
only available in 12/0 or 9/0.
Exactly like the above
beads except the glass looks like bundles of fiberoptics,
hard to see here, the picture of green beads later
on may show better, but these are simply stunning
things. The color variety in these is far reduced,
mainly your basic rainbow, but when used they
bring it up a notch as they shimmer similar to
This is your plain every
day average seed bead. Non-transparent and solid
This is a white bead
like above but with a pearl-like finish.
This can be on clear
or transparent glass, but it's a higher clear
coat type shine. A
variation on this is iridescent finish, which
has the same high shine but in that multicolored
highlight like a oil slicked puddle.
A clear bead, in this
case it's a milky white. Translucents can got
form a semi milky to a crystal clear.
These are basically acid
washed to give a smooth silky matte finish, they
can be transparent or opaque, this is transparent.
They can also have a iridescent overfinish.