Bugle beads are from the seed family as they are quite small in size. They are shaped in the form of narrow tubes of glass which can either be twisted or cylindrical. To ensure that they have a tubular shape, their thickness is always less than their length. Bugle beads have many uses today. They can be used in bead weaving, bead embroidery, on clothing and also on beaded fringes for lampshades. In addition to all this, one of their most popular uses is in jewelry making.
Bugle beads are available in a myriad of sizes and colors. Their sizes usually range from 1.5mm to 30mm. Most high quality bugle beads come from Czech Republic, Japan and China and they are available with the reputable online sellers such as Panda hall. Some of the famous manufacturers of these beads include Preciosa, Miyuki, Matsuno and Toho.
You can also find cheap in your local stores and from online retailers. These cheap bugle beads are mainly manufactured in India.
A Look At The History
Bugle beads were first manufactured in the 1860s. At that time, the beads were mainly used for embellishing fashion accessories, evening dresses and handbags.
Shapes And Styles
These beads can be cylindrical and smooth, squared and smooth, twisted and squared, hex-cut or twisted hex-cut. They are available with square or round holes. The ones that have square holes appear nicer due to the internal facets which add extra sparkle to the beads. Square holes are also larger than the round ones.
Care And Precaution
Bugles are created as a long tube of glass and trimmed to achieve the right length. Therefore, they will usually have sharp cut edges. This means that when the beads are strung on a thread, the thread could fray or cut overtime and for this reason, care and precaution must be taken. When beading, you can use a seed bead or another smooth edged bead at the ends of the thread to protect the thread from fraying.
You can pair bugles with any other suitable kinds of beads to add uniqueness to your crafting project.
Inconsistent sizing of the beads is also another problem that needs to be looked at. some sellers label all their beads as one size and when you buy them, you realise that they all are not the same size. This usually happens with longer bugles, especially those which are in the range of 20mm and 30mm. For this reason, you will need to check the actual length of the beads before you buy to ensure that you are getting one size and not different sizes which can spoil your project.