If you already make beaded jewelry, then you are probably familiar with the addictive nature of beads. For those uninitiated into the world of beads, prepare yourself. One bead purchase inevitably leads to the next, and the next, and so on, until you find that you’ve become a bead-a-holic. However, the good news is that because there are so many types of beads available, they can inspire you to create a plethora of designs, from the classic to the exotic.

Although the huge variety of available beads can be daunting, it can be exciting as well. Beads are not just ornamental objects; they are significant artifacts that share a rich history ...

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