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|Types of Beads - Part 2
Continued from Part 1
Wooden Beads – These are wooden beads of various sizes, usually with larger
- Lustre Coat - One or several opaque, highlyreflective colours applied to the surface of the bead.
- Marea - A goldcoloured finish applied to a portion of a bead's surface.
- Metallic - A thin surface coating of metal gives these beads their look, and may be prone to scratching. The coating may be simply painted on, or it may be electroplated.
- Matte - Matte beads have a nonshiny surface texture. Other names for them are etched, satinfinish, and frosted.
- Oil Slick - See Aurora Borealis.
- Pearl Lustre - These beads are finished to have extra depthofreflection, like a lustrous natural pearl.
- Rainbow - See Aurora Borealis.
- Satin - A soft, satinlike appearance with striations that reflect light.
- Scarabee See -
- Silver Lined Beads - with a thin layer of fine silver, or fine silver foil, applied to the surfaces of their drill holes. Also see Colour Lined, Gilt Lined, Gold Lined, and Copper Lined.
- Vitriol A - silvercolouredcoating applied to a portion of a bead's surface.
- White Heart - "White heart" beads have a thin layer of opaque white glass along their drill holes. The outer layer or layers of glass may be translucent or opaque. Sometimes written as one word (Whiteheart. or Whitehearts).
threading holes and can be used for stringing onto cord or used in hair braiding.
Other materials – You can also get natural beads made from shell and wood.
Plastic is another medium for making beads, which can be inexpensive and ideal for
everyday costume jewellery. Filo is a form of polymer (plastic) clay that is used to
create a wide variety of beads and shapes.