Beads Definition: Definitions for the Clothing & fabric Industry

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A bead is a small, decorative object that is pierced for threading or stringing.

Beads range in size from under a millimeter to over a centimeter. Glass, plastic, and stone are probably the most common materials, but beads are also made from the seeds of the Bead tree, and also from bone, metal, resin, wood, clay, felt, paper, and other materials.

Beadwork is the craft of making things with beads.

  • Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another by stringing them with a sewing needle or beading needle and thread or thin wire, or sewing them to cloth.[1] Beads come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Beads are used to create jewelry or other articles of personal adornment; they are also used in wall hangings and sculpture and many other artworks.

Types of beads include:

Lampwork beads

Baily's beads


Fire-polish beads


Pressed glass beads

Seed beads

Prayer beads

See also


Ferrite bead

Rudraksha Bead

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ( ).  8/10/05



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