Glow In The Dark Beads – The Different Types of Beads

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Hunting for the regular or glow in the dark beads can be a daunting task, with catalogs providing beads under various categories. And, to make things more confusing, merchants use different names for the finishes. Here is a listing of the sorts of glass beads available, providing the alternate names and a short description of the finishes.

Glow In The Dark Beads

For glow in the dark beads, they usually charge quickly under daylight, lamplight as well as UV light. Their nightglow lasts for hours, and black light could give it an added boost. Perfect for making into a daily wear accessories as well as the party scene.

Glass Beads

Glass beads are molded beads that create unique shapes and also make a real statement to any piece. Normally larger in dimension, they can be found in a wide variety of shapes: flattened ovals, twisted lozenges, rectangle-shaped, etc. The amazing thing is that each of its outlet will have their vendor production exclusive beads. Once more, the coatings are spectacular with a few of the very best being silver-lined and bi-coloured along with glow at night. They have the tendency to have smaller holes than pony beads, limiting them to utilize with finer cotton as well as the wire cord.

Glass Beads
Glass beads in a bowl

Pony Beads

Pony beads are like large seed beads in shape and are made of glass, plastic, or wood. They are typically available in 2 sizes: 7 x 4 mm and also 9 x 6 mm. Plastic pony ones can be purchased inexpensively in single colors or a great variety. Unique surfaces like glow in the dark, glimmer and also neon or glitter are available in plastic.

Pony Beads
pony beads assorted

Seed Beads

You may find some seed beads sold as rocailles. They are the very same thing – small glass ones that can be made use of for delicate crochet and also knitting, needlework, weaving and jewelry making. The only noticeable difference is that rocailles have a square in contrast to a round opening, which is typically silver-lined.

Seed beads are produced in India, Japan, Taiwan and also the Czech Republic, and have slightly various characteristics depending on the country of origin. Usually, the Czech types are more rounded compared to the much more cylindrical forms from the Asia-Pacific nations. The Japanese types are much more regular in shape than those from Taiwan. Indian ones are usually one of the most irregular.

Seed beads

DIY Curtain With Glow In The Dark Glass Beads

Handmade door curtains with glow in the dark seed beads are fun means to separate one space from one more without entirely covering the view of either room. The layouts can be somewhat intricate, but the actual construction is relatively straightforward.

Materials:

  • Curtain rod or tension rod, sized to fit the doorway
  • Mono-filament nylon, strong enough to support the weight of the beads
  • Paper
  • Glow in the dark glass beads
  • Crimp beads or tubes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Plan the design for your curtain. It should include a repeated pattern of different shaped or colored beads. Only use 5 or six different shades or forms to maintain the completed drape from also looking hectic.
  2. Cut the monofilament nylon into sizes to fit your pattern. When measuring the sizes, you need to add a minimum of a foot to the desired finished size of the curtain, to enable room for securing the beads at the bottom and fastening the string to the rod at the top. If you prepare to leave spaces in between, each line will certainly have to be roughly one and a half times the wanted finished length, unless you are going to fill out a crimp bead or tube between each one.
  3. Start stringing the beads. Select the very first one for your first string and slide it on to the nylon, leaving at least 2 inches of nylon string below it. Fold this item of nylon back up so that it is beside the rest of the strand and either tie a secure knot or thread a crimp bead onto both pieces of the line and also crimp to secure the bead.
  4. Continue adding beads to your string following the pattern you laid out. If you have planned for spaces in between and you are filling out crimp beads, you will need to put a crimp bead on the strand before you place each bead. Make sure to pleat the crimp bead before you put the next one in the pattern onto the strand. This way, it will serve as a stopper and also keep it from sliding down the strand. If you have planned for spaces between your beads and are not filling out crimp beads, you will certainly have to double back via each one so that the individual ones are on their own loops of nylon on the string.
  5. Fasten the strand to the rod you will use to hang the curtain after your strand has gotten to the wanted length. You can loop it over the pole and tie a protected knot, such as a double half-hitch, or make use of a crimp bead to protect the strand by threading the crimp bead on, looping the strand over the rod and back through before crimping it.
  6. Repeat steps 3 via 5 up until you have finished and hung the desired number of strands for your curtain. Safeguard the pole in the doorway and your handmade door curtain is completed.
Glow in the dark glass beads
Glow in the dark glass beads

DIY Checker Set With Glow In The Dark Beads

Glow in the dark pony beads is semi-transparent colored beads that will glow in the dark or black light. They are shaped form of like fat tires and are quite versatile as well as can be used for several kinds of jewelry and craft projects.

This glow in the dark checker set is simple enough for your kids to assist in making, and will bring hours of tenting or slumber party fun as they learn to play checkers.

Materials:

  • 1 x 1,000 piece bag of glow in the dark pony beads
  • 1 x 12 cup nonstick muffin pan
  • 1 x 20 inch wide straw beach mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Assorted glow in the dark acrylic paints

Directions:

  1. Use the pony beads to make the checker pieces. Divide them into 2 groups of 3 colors each to create a set of 12 checkers for each player. Pink, blue, and orange for one team and green, yellow, and white for the other group.
  2. Fill each cup of the muffin pan with a single layer of the pink, blue, and orange beads. Try to get as many as you can in each cup without stacking them on top of each other.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Once it is the correct temperature, put the muffin pan in the oven for 20 minutes. The beads will melt into solid disks. (This will make your kitchen smell like plastic, so you may want to open a window while baking.)
  4. Let the disks cool for 10 minutes and then pop them out of the muffin pan. Repeat this process to make a set of 12 green/yellow/white checkers.
  5. To make the checkerboard, lay the beach mat out in front of you. Use your ruler and pencil to locate and mark the center of the mat. Draw an 18″ x 18″ square in the center of the mat. Draw lines to divide the square into a grid of 2.25″ squares. Then draw a 1-2″ border around the entire square.
  6. Use the masking tape to tape around the outside of the border. This will give your board a finished, clean line.
  7. Using a lighter color, paint the border around the grid. Let this dry.
  8. Paint in the squares of the grid with alternating colors to create the game board.
  9. Once all the paint has dried, remove the masking tape. Your glow in the dark checkerboard set is all ready. Just remember to let it sit out in the sun or under a strong lamp before using it. This helps it to glow.

DIY Jewelry With Glow In The Dark Beads

What can you do with glow in the dark glass beads? Use them to create designs that glow. Create all sorts of pretty patterns and decorations. Make flowers, hearts, animals or whatever your imagination can dream up. Create DIY necklaces, bracelets and homemade gifts. Use these glow beads with your own pegboard and an iron to create unique shapes that light up the night. The possibilities are endless.

Glow in the dark jewelry is the perfect youngsters’ craft for Halloween, or anytime! Children can quickly make bracelets, anklets, and necklaces, and you could also include these outstanding glow in the dark beads to hair bows. Personalize the fashion jewelry with your kid’s name. Your children will be very easy to spot on Halloween with their glow in the dark precious jewelry creations.

Materials:

  • Glow in the dark ABC beads
  • Glow in the dark glass beads
  • Pony bead bracelets
  • Stretchy cording assortment
  • Pony bead necklaces

Directions:

Step 1: Cut pieces from the elastic cording in the appropriate sizes for bracelets, pendants or anklets. Using a bead, tie a knot over the bead at one end. This will stop the beads from sliding off.

Step 2: Using the glow in the dark glass beads, produce your very own fashion jewelry collection.

Tip: Make this craft simple for toddlers using glass beads or plastic pony bead bracelets.

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