Glossary of Beading Terms

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Lampwork

Lampwork

Lampwork beads are made by melting narrow rods of glass by hand over an open flame (usually a torch). The glass is wrapped around a thin metal rod (a mandrel), which later becomes the hole through the bead. Many effects can be achieved through using various colors of glass and various techniques. Lampwork beads can also be crated into small figurines such as faces or animals.

Lariat

A type of necklace that mimics a lasso. Can be multi-stranded. Similar to a Y-necklace.

Leather

Leather

A versatile material created by tanning of animal hides and skin, usually cattle hide. Leather can be braided, used as a cord to string beads onto, or used as a base for bead embroidery.

Loomwork

Beadwork can be done by hand, but a bead loom makes it faster and easier. Small wire ones are inexpensive and can be purchased at bead stores. For larger projects, you can make your own out of wood.