For many, it might not be a big deal to buy seed beads when making jewelry, but if your intentions are to buy these beads for any of the crafty project, then you are going to need some more information. You will have to be aware of the size, material and type of seed beads so that you can make the crafty project the way you desire.
These beads are called seeds because they are very small in size and they are similar to real seeds in appearance. Some of them are round in shape while others elongated. You can even find them made from glass. This is just one material to name because they are being manufactured in various parts of the worlds in many materials.
I have used them in many crafty projects such as jewelry making, doing loom work, quilting, embroidery etc. If you are using them for making bracelets, you will find them useful as spacers. They are even available in tabular shapes which can also be used as spacers in larger beads and give a 3D like appearance.
Before you purchase the seed beads, it is important that you make yourself familiar about the sizes. They are already very tiny in size and they are measured in 1 inch increments. Many of the newbies working with me were not aware of how they were measured and what size is considered perfect to use. There is standard measurement of 8/0 that tells how many beads can fit in one inch string. You have to see how many seed beads can be cut from 1 inch glass rod. If you can cut 8 beads from a glass of rod of 1 inch, then you will read it as 8/0. If the number is high, it means that the beads are small. A bead with 22/0 will be smaller than that of 8/0. So you will have to keep this measurement phenomena in your mind when you are buying the beads. That will let you determine what size you must get to complete your crafty project.
Now size is not the only thing matters, if you are into this business, you would understand the importance of quality of the beads very well. Quality is going to differ largely. Different manufacturers use different methods for producing these beads therefore, their quality in the end is always different. The quality of the manufacturing determines the quality of the shape and size. If they are not same in shape and sizes, then it is just going to be a waste of money to buy a pack of seed beads. You must be sure that when you are buying them, the beads are even in the shape and size. The best retailers always give guarantee for this but they might ask a higher price for the pack of beads than other retailers.
You can buy these beads in many ways, either visit the craft shops or use the web to locate stores that are selling them. But be sure that when you are buying online, you are getting the right product in the right quality and material.