Glossary of Beading Terms
Delicate ornamentation consisting of the twisting, curling and plaiting of fine, pliable strands of metal, usually gold or silver. Metal filigree beads are available as well as filigree bead caps or other findings. The use of filigree in beading projects tends to create an elegant or even antique look.
A form of “polishing” used in Czech glass beadmaking that employs heat rather than abrasion to buff a bead’s faceted surfaces. The heat causes the surfaces of the bead to melt just enough that they become shiny. These beads are less expensive to produce but also more likely to have imperfections. photo credit
Furnace Glass Beads (also known as Cane Glass Beads) are adapted from Italian glass-making techniques. These beads use large decorated “canes” built out of smaller canes encased in clear glass and then pulled out to shape the beads with twisting, linear, or stripe patterns. Although they may sometimes look like blown glass, no air is used to make these beads. They do, however, require a furnace and an annealing kiln to make.