Picasso . A luster coating that appears more speckled and spotty; giving beads a natural, earthy appearance. The color can vary from light yellow to dark brown with underlying color variations. Some base bead colors, such as opaque beige, blue, or white allow the picasso finish to take on a raku pottery look.
Czech glass beads are made from pressed, fire-polished glass . Two terms are important in understanding Czech glass beads . The first is pressed glass . Artisans create these beads by taking heated glass and pressing it into a mold.
Czech fire-polished glass beads do not have lead content so they are not considered crystal .
Glass beads also have a light, powdery look to the inside of the hole if they ve been drilled. If the glass is transparent, you can usually see the faint frostiness of the drill-hole from the side of the bead that is not drilled.
The life of the finish varies dramatically depending on use and on the person using it. Some beads will fade after just one wear, especially in hot or humid weather, or if a person has high skin acidity. A bead that wears off quickly on one customer may last for many months or years when worn by another.
The coating effect referred to as AB is also referred to as ” Aurora Borealis “. It is a rainbow / iridescent effect that is applied to either the top of a stone or to half of a bead or pendant. Aurora Borealis is one of the most well-known and popular effects from Swarovski.
Toho and Miyuki Seed Beads are precision manufactured Japanese seed beads , both renowned for their consistency in colour and size. Toho Seed Beads are available in a huge range of exciting colours, shapes and sizes including Magatama, Cube, Treasure, Bugle, Twisted Bugle, Demi Rounds and Hexagonal.
PRECIOSA ORNELA is the manufacturer of the widest range of glass seed beads in the world. One of the most popular color decorations is Solgel. This involves a color range of up to thirty shades in three various levels of opaqueness.
Crackle Beads are made when they are dropped into cold water after being immersed within hot water, The Crackle effect then appears.
Some glass beads have been found to contain toxic metals like lead and arsenic. This is a concern because the beads are typically pulverized during use and generate dust. Lead is recognized as a carcinogen, and as both a developmental and reproductive toxicant.
Lead crystal glassware was formerly used to store and serve drinks, but due to the health risks of lead , this has become rare.
Jewelry containing lead poses a particular concern because children are prone to placing jewelry in their mouths, which can result in absorption of dangerous levels of lead . Lead poisoning is blamed for the death of a four year old in Minnesota who swallowed a lead containing jewelry charm.
Glass beads are cooler to the touch than plastic ones. Pick up the bead in question. If it feels cool in your hand, it is most likely glass . If it feels closer to room temperature or if it warms up quickly in your hand, it is probably plastic .
Glass makes a clunking noise, while crystal sounds like a reverberated ringing. Another way to sound test the glassware is to lightly run a wet finger in a circular motion around the rim. If it’s crystal , you will be able to hear a subtle tone that emanates from it.