ABOUT BEADS

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Beads are a human artifact older than the dawn of civilization. Many millennia ago, in the caves of Ice Age Europe and northern China, in the vast wilderness of Australia, in mountainous Korea, in equatorial India, and in the western Great Basin of North America, humans were fashioning small objects of animal bone and teeth, seashells and colorful stones strung on sinew or plant fiber to adorn their bodies and clothing. During the ensuing eras, humankind’s fascination with the infinite variety, beauty, mystery and charisma of beads has continued to the present day. Every human culture has romanced the bead, and each civilization’s spiritual beliefs, aesthetic tastes, social circumstances, political history, glory and vanity is expressed in its beads. Moreover, the story of the development of human economics and trade can also be traced through the history of beads.

GLASS BEADS
These beautiful glass beads are excellent for jewelry making, as well as other projects. They come in various shapes and sizes, as well as various colors and are available by the kilos. The variety includes Venition Glass Beads, Chevron Glass Beads, Furnance beads, Lampwork Glass Beads, Fancy Designer Beads, Trade Glass Beads, Millefiori beads, Opaque Glass Beads in various sizes and shape, Transparent Glass Beads, Sp & Rainbow Glass Beads, Silver Foiled Glass Beads

Lampwork beads
These Extraordinarily beads are each constructed of high quality bulls eye glass, dazzling the eyes with a resplendent display of beautiful colors. Each design on the beads is handmade by carefully dabbing multicolored glass heated to temperatures of over four hundred degrees Celsius onto a base body in a process that can take over three man hours per stand. Exquisite detail. Positively beautiful Perfect as focal beads or to add a little extra zing to your creations. Must see to appreciate. Each bead is handmade so slight variations in color and size should be expected.

Furnance Silver foil glass Glass beads : Well these are intresting hand made beads made in a big man made furnance. The furnance is made from clay where logs of wood is burnt to get the desirable temperature for making the beautiful furnance or silver foil beads, however silver foil beads can also be made by lampwork technique.

First the in the furnance raw big chunks of glass is put to melt, then a Rod is put inside the melted glass and is rolled with hands to get the shape, it is then taken out and then put on a mould to get the desired shape of beads after that a thin layer of suilver foil is put on this bead .
Then this beads is again put in the furnance to get another layer of glass on top of the silver foil

Glass Beads Mixes:
These Large Indian Glass Beads Mixes make a nice low cost alternative to Czech Glass Beads. They range in size from 6mm to a whopping 25mm. The average range is 10-14mm so these are not small beads These would be great for wire wrapping and the donuts make great pendants. Many like the crow beads have large holes making them ideal for hemp and thick cord. . The variety includes Venition Glass Beads, Chevron Glass Beads, Furnace beads, Lamp work Glass Beads, Fancy Designer Beads, Trade Glass Beads, Millefiori beads, Opaque Glass Beads in various sizes and shape, Transparent Glass Beads, Sp & Rainbow Glass Beads, Silver Foiled Glass Beads

Bali silver copper beads:
These are the latest invention in copper. .Since the prices of real silver beads are touching sky high , so inorder to make semiprecious and other fashion jewellery items cheaper these beads solve the purpose of real silver beads. These weight and look exactly like real silver and are made from copper.
These are Nickle free from any hazardous chemical as per the EU &Amercian standards

Shell Beads :
Sensuous shell beading components from India. These beading components are handmade, so sizes and shapes may vary.They come both in hand carved or in hand painted designs
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Cotton & leather Cords :
Leather cord has been a traditional beading medium for hundreds of years...and for good reason! Its inherent flexibility, natural qualities, and longevity make leather cord a perfect choice. Properly maintained leather will never look old and will outwear thread many times over. When it comes to leather cord, Indian Leather is the best of the best both for quality and price no matter greek leather cord would be slightly better in quality but the price is expensive than the Indian leather cords . Know for its smooth finish, consistent color, and supple texture, Greek Leather Cord is perfect for high-quality beading applications and Native American designs.The varities in these leather cords include suede, bradided& flat leather , the size starts from 0.5mm and can go up to 8mm in case of braided leather cords or more as per the requirement
There are many ways to finish off a leather cord by gluing the cord to a hook end, however, the method shown here is sturdy and does not require any use of glue. This finishing might be a little bulkier than other solutions, but from a purist's point of view, it makes for a more elegant piece of jewelry for not using any glue or solder.

Waxed cotton cords :
The other cords used in fashion jewellery items is Waxed cotton cords , again India has benn a leading producer of cotton so if you are looking for good quality cotton cords ,then Indian is the place to search
Wear around the neck with a bola station as a western style tie or make them into necklaces or bracelets using cord tips as end pieces.

BONE BEADS :
These Water Buffalo Bone beads are from India. Most modern bone beads are made from cow or sheep or camel bones and are a byproduct of the food industry.No animals were killed just for its bones; these beads come from animals that were consumed or exported for consumption.

Processing raw bone into workable material is a simple process, but it is smelly and dangerous because on the chemicals involved. First the bones are cleaned with soapy water and a stiff brush. All the meat, gristle and ligaments have to be removed. Then the bones are boiled in a dilute acid either hydrochloric or sulfuric, until the bones lose the greasy texture of raw bone. When this is done the bones are rinsed thoroughly and dried. The next step requires soaking the bones in a dilute solution of bleach. This removes the last of the protein gelatin that can decompose and rot. Old bone that is poorly processed can have a very strong unpleasant aroma. The last step is to rinse the bones in clear water and dry them thoroughly for several days. After the bones are processed they are cut in small workable pieces. Then they are carved into the shapes we are most familiar with; small pierced carvings, round and oblong beads, pendants and nearly any other shape. After carving the beads can be stained or dyed.

Today bone beads are popular for trendy bead amulets, and some of the favorite shapes include hairpipe for American Indian designs or carved with traditional designs for primitive motifs. Since these beads are still hand carved every one is unique. While most bone beads are cream colored, brown or black they can be found in every color of the rainbow. Many are stained black or brown to make them look old. Others may be colored with analine dyes, but natural is the most popular color.