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Spiral Beads

One of my favourite bead designs is the spiral bead. These beads are always wound and tend to be either normal, circular beads, triangular beads or (technically) hexagonal. They have anywhere between two and four spirals that radiate out until … Continue reading

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Recycled Blue-Green Bead from Thailand

So, I was going through my older bead photos for some newer posts and came across this one. Somehow I had forgotten about this bead, even though I focused on it quite heavily when I first documented it. It’s a … Continue reading

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Diaphaneity

Diaphaneity is the catchall term for opaque, translucent, or transparent. Opaque means that when you shine a light through the object, it doesn’t shine through to the other side (like a piece of metal). Translucent means that the light does … Continue reading

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Polychrome Beads

Last week, I posted the final article on various colors of beads and also posted about documenting polychrome beads. This week, we’re going to start getting into the insanity that is polychrome beads and the various designs these beads have.

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Documenting Polychrome Beads

So far, we’ve been talking about monochrome beads and how to document their color. But that’s not the only type of bead we find – roughly 10-15% of the beads I come across are polychrome, or have multiple colors. If … Continue reading

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Clear and White Beads

I’ve lumped these two together because they’re both lacking color. One is translucent/transparent and the other is opaque, but their color status is the same. These beads can be glass, rock crystal, pearl, shell, bone, ivory, and a number of … Continue reading

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Color and Lighting

I’ve mentioned a number of times how the lighting on or behind a bead can change its color. Black beads are actually cobalt blue, purple, green, or even hot pink when view with an LED light shining through. Brown beads … Continue reading

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Black Beads

Black beads can be incredibly common or incredibly uncommon, depending on the region you are in. South Asian contexts tend to have more black beads than most places, and Victorian England had a lot of black beads. But they’re virtually … Continue reading

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Purple Beads

Purple beads are fairly rare in a large number of places, and they have been fairly rare for a long time. Even when looking at beads in a modern bead store, purple is not nearly as common as most other … Continue reading

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Blue Beads

Blue beads are probably the most difficult color category of beads, because there are so many variations of blue and many of those variations occur in beads. Go into any bead store and you will find a larger selection of … Continue reading

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