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A Vocabulary of Seed Beads: Bead Names 1

Name: Seed Bead. Description: Small glass beads used in beadwork.

Origin of Name: Simulative from seed pearl, first used 1553. First Used: 1803, Philadelphia and New York dealers. Used By: All English speakers. French equivalent grains.

First Made: In modern times, Venice, ca. 1480. Made By: Czech, Japan, France. Taiwan, India, Venice.

Name: Rocaille. Description: Round seed bead made of hard (non-lead) glass.

Origin of Name: From French, meaning rocky or bumpy surface, first used in 1360. First Bead Use: France, 1647. Used By: Venice, France, Czech, Japan.

First Made: In modern times, Venice, ca. 1480. Made By: Czech, Japan, France, Taiwan, Venice.

Name: Bugle. Description: Tubular seed bead of soft (lead) glass, usually not rounded.

Origin of Name: English, mixing up two similar French words, one meaning trumpet, the other pipe. First Used: Edmund Spencer, 1579. Used By: Virtually universal.

First Made: Unknown. Made By: Czech, Japan, France, Venice, England (16th c.).

Picture thanks to Val Delbridge

Name: Charlotte. Description: Rocaille with ground facet(s).

Origin of Name: Unknown. First Used: France, 1847 referring to the smallest of seed beads. Used By: European beadmakers.

First Made: By 17th century. Made By: Czech, Venice (the beads were sent to Bohemia to be cut).


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