Glossary of Beading Terms
An accent is a secondary design element that is meant to accentuate the primary design element(s), usually by providing contrast in color, texture, or both. Contrast does not have to be bright or dramatic–usually accents are not what you notice first in a piece, but by being there they provide overall balance to the piece and make it work. For example, often the metal color (such as silver, bronze) will provide an accent to the main color(s) of the piece.
A glassy plastic-like material which can be molded or cast or used in paints and coatings. Acrylic is molded into plastic-like beads or is used to coat beads to give them color or luster. Acrylic beads are available in thousands of shapes and colors, and are generally less expensive than metal or glass beads and can be more durable.
An ancient Egyptian symbol that represents eternal life. It was used by the Egyptians, and was revived by modern-day wearers, to symbolize religious pluralism or the idea that while religions differ on specifics, they share a common belief in the eternal life of the soul.
A chain or bracelet worn as decoration around the ankle. Because anklets are easier to lose because you don’t notice them fall off, it’s best to use a strong threading material. When choosing a clasp, avoid barrel clasps as they tend to come undone; lobster claw clasps or spring ring clasps are more secure.