If there is one type of bead that I have not purchased tons of- it’s seed beads. Don’t get me wrong, they do have two holes in them so I own a variety of them – but they sort of mystify me. They just seem so fussy and hard to work with. I mean Aikos, Bugle, Charlottes, Delicas, Dyna-mites, Farfalla, Matsuno, Miyuki, Pony, Toho, Unica – these little beads have their own language assoicated with them! And sizing – well that is another thing. 11/0, 6/0 – what is that all about?
I’ll chalk up my confusion to simple inexperience in working with them. I generally like to make bracelets and other jewelry that gives me instant gratification and I can complete quickly. The seed bead thing just looks like it takes a long time so I have pretty much left it alone. I use seed beads here and there as accents – but never as the star of the show. I do, however, totally marvel at intricately beaded pieces.
Here are some gorgeous cuff bracelets made by Tamara Scott that actually make me want to go out, take a class and get my peyote stitch on. Tamara sells tutorials and kits with all the supplies to make your own. Tempting.
I usually associate seed bead stitching and weaving with less than hip and trendy jewelry. But these cool cuffs have changed my mind about that! Now all I need is more time and patience and maybe I could pull something like this off!
I know there is a large seed bead niche of jewelry makers out there. Do you have the skill and patience to work with these tiny little beads? What is the best priced resource for seed beads you have found?