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The craft of stringing beads to one another by the use of a needle and thread or soft, flexible wire.

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base metal

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Any non-precious metal e.g. copper, zinc, nickel, brass. Can be plated with silver, gold, gunmetal, copper or brass.

tiger tail

Arts & crafts; Beadwork

A commonly used stringing material which does not require a needle.


Arts & crafts; Beadwork

A stringing material made from multi-strand braided stainless steel wire with a nylon coating. Unlike tiger tail which can sometimes kink, beadalon wire remains soft and pliable, even when using the ...

semiprecious stones

Arts & crafts; Beadwork

Natural stones that generally have a lower value than precious stones, including amethyst, aventurine, carnelian, garnet, opal, rose quartz, and others. Primarily used in fashion jewelry.

nylon bead cord

Arts & crafts; Beadwork

Used as an all purpose bead cord that comes in a wide spectrum of colors. Wax can be used to coat the cord to keep it from fraying and tangling when it is repeatedly threaded through metal beads with ...

silk bead cord

Arts & crafts; Beadwork

A fine cord that comes in very thin sizes and various colors. It's used for beads with smaller holes such as freshwater pearls and beads under 5mm. A designer look can be accomplished by placing ...


Arts & crafts; Beadwork

The unit of weight used for precious stones. One carat equals one-fifth of a gram. Also a measurement of fitness in gold. Pure gold is expressed as 24kt.

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