Glossary of Beading Terms
A hydrocarbon secretion of many plants, particularly coniferous trees. It is distinct from sap and latex which are also compounds exuded by plants. The term resin is also used to refer to resin-like polymers. Synthetic resin beads are cast in molds and often have a frosted translucent look reminiscent of sea glass. photo credit
A shape of bead that consists of two short wide cones stuck together at their bases (like a flying saucer). In other words, they are round and come to a point in front and back. They do not have holes, so to incorporate one in jewelry you need to have a setting for it, like a cabochon. Usually a bezel setting is used–you can make one with seed beads using peyote stitch, or purchase metal ones. photo credit
String of beads with a cross attached used by Catholics to count prayers. Designs vary, but often they are made specifically with certain number of small beads between larger beads to remind the person of the order of the prayers. It is used by moving one bead through your hand each time you complete one prayer, such as a Hail Mary. When you have gone around the whole necklace you are complete. Compare with mala beads.