Beads – A Brief History

What do you think the earliest recorded use of beads is – is your first thought perhaps beadwork created by the Egyptians? Yes, there certainly were a lot of beaded items in Egyptian times, but beadwork has been found dating back to the Stone Age (the Upper Paleolithic period). Beads were added to rudimentary clothing; these beads were made of shells and ivory. Of course, the beads weren’t as finely crafted as later beads, but still, they were beads. So even in caveman times, men and women were interested in improving their clothing and appearance with the use of beads. The beads that we tend to think of as traditional beadwork are called seed beads – because of their small …

Knot With My Thread – Stringing Choices For Beading & Jewelry Making.

Word Count: 452 Summary: There are many issues about the choice of stringing material for beading. Here is an interesting article on the different stringing materials and their usage. Keywords: beads, beading, gemstone, gems, quartz, precious, jewrly, jewelry making Article Body: One very important lesson I learned is that there is no one, all-purpose (Universal) stringing material. Here are the major stringing materials along with how and when to use each of them. SILK THREAD: Silk has a wondrous “hand” (a soft, flexible feel). This thread comes in many sizes and colors. It comes packaged on spools, and “carded” with an attached needle. This is a classic stringing material and forms beautiful knots between pearls and beads. But, silk tends …