Metallic Silver beads are a subdued silver color. Certain batches of these beads can look almost a light gold in appearance, so please keep that in mind when designing. These beads are popular for detail in floral and geometric patterns.
Metallic beads have a metallic coating over the glass. These are beautiful option for adding some glimmer and glam to your bead project. Basic metallic finish can rub off or tarnish. To prevent tarnish, store beads in a dry, dark place. If these beads are on your powwow outfit, allow it to dry.
3-cuts are popular for indigenous bead art, especially beaded earrings and powwow beadwork. They are especially shiny, glittery, and glamorous. The manufacturing process includes reheating the beads to add random facets, which adds extra flashiness. This process is labor intensive and adds to the manufacturing costs, which is why these are some of the more expensive Czech beads on the market. Their unique shape makes 3-cut beads great for applique, lane stitching, and bead-stringing but they are unsuitable for peyote stitch, loomwork or other projects requiring strict uniformity.
Size 12/0 3-cuts measure approximately 1.9mm. We recommend a Size 12 needle and Size Nymo thread for most bead art using 12/0 3-cuts. Sold by the hank. Hanks contain approximately 3,000 first-quality, glass beads strung on 10 strands. Made in the Czech Republic.