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Margaretologist 10(2) Issue 24 1997

Special Seed Beads

Beads for mourning. French seed beads for beaded flowers to put on graves. The card has only violet, white and green beads. They are strung on wires (a machine was invented to do this), and sold on large spools. Sample card of Salvadori & Barbini, Vaulx-en-Velin, France, ca. 1930s.

Donation: Anita Gumpert

Beadworker's favorites. Delica beads made by Miyuki of Japan. They are drawn by machines (as are virtually all seed beads today) controlled by computers. They are very regular in size and color and are small cylinders in shape. Their holes are unusually large for their diameters.

Donation: Miyuki Beads

Beaded buttons. Samples of buttons pre-made with irised seed beads. Probably Japan, 1970s.

Ready-Made Beadwork. Samples of beadwork sold ready-made. The white beads are luster finished. The brown bugles in the bottom fringe are satin-glass. Japanese, probably 1960s-1970s.

Seed bead introduction

Non-glass seed beads

Dating seed beads

Using seed beads

Grandma's beading box


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