Many different materials are used in making beads, which in turn have been used by artisans for thousands of years. These materials are all naturally-occurring, such as glass, stone, metal, clay and glass. When synthetic polymers were developed in the 1920s, acrylic beads were produced. Bead manufacturers found this to be helpful in keeping the costs of manufacturing down, while increasing the production of such beads. These beads have since become popular and were continuously marketed to all parts of the world. Acrylic is now being sold at online shops such as pandahall.com.
I never liked using acrylic beads before. Not until I got an order from a customer specifying the use of acrylic in the design. Having no choice but to give in to customer demand, I bought the required number of pandahall beads, and began my project. Acrylic is a type of plastic. Bead producers use the superior type of plastic, not the low quality ones that are used to make cheap plastic toys and other items. The best quality plastic is even superior to glass, I was told.
I further learned from one beading website owner that just like any other substance, there are pros and cons in using acrylic beads. It all depends on the kind of jewelry project you will be working on and what qualities you are looking for in a bead. You should decide what you really want and how that will fit into your design, and how will the final result look.
These Pandahall beads can be available in many forms and can be used in many applications, but I would like to focus on how acrylic beads will fit into my world of beading and jewelry making. Compared to glass, acrylic can be cut more easily, and there is less chance of it getting shattered. You can bend the material into various shapes; and you can join 2 pieces of acrylic by melting them together. The seam created can be polished to make it virtually invisible.
With regards to weight, acrylic Pandahall beads are only half the weight of glass. Besides that, acrylic beads are durable and will not be easily broken, shattered or scratched like glass. If the acrylic gets scratched, you can just buff it out. Wait, lets not forget the cost. These plastic beads are reasonably priced that these can fit into your jewelry making budget.
Despite the advantages, acrylic beads also have some cons. As in any plastic, it will melt when exposed to flame, and eventually scorch. If you are going to a campfire, make sure that you leave your acrylic jewelry at home. Also, their shine is not what the glass beads provide, and this shine will easily become dull as time passes by. For some jewelry wearers, these disadvantages of Pandahall beads are not big issues to deal with. Taking good care of the jewelry pieces will make their shine last longer.
Familiarize yourself with the range of choices before you go shopping for acrylic beads. Always remember that different types of pandahall beads have different roles in any jewelry project. It will also help if you determine beforehand the shapes, sizes and colors of the beads that you would want to buy. These tips will help you find the beads that are perfect for your craft.