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"Unstretching" Stretch Magic

If you've ever worked with Stretch Magic, you've most likely noticed that, after time, your creations develop slack. To bring them back to their original design, dip them in boiling water for 2 min...
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Seed beads can be categorized into four different types:

Rocaille - (pronounced "roh-kai") describes any round seed bead with either a round or a square hole. Often irregular in length or shape.

Delicas - (or Japanese cylinder beads): Precision-made, perfectly cylindrical size 11 seed beads that look like tiny rectangular tiles when woven in a pattern. They have a relatively large hole for their size, which makes them light, so you get more beads per gram. These features make delicas ideal for weaving projects.

Bugle beads - Longer, tube-shaped seed beads that come in many sizes.

Charlotte - one cut, or facet, is ground into the bead to create sparkle.

  • 2 cut: sides are cut or faceted in two places, creating a more reflective surface.
  • 3 cut: sides and ends are cut or faceted, creating the most reflective surface.
  • Triangle: three-sided bead, creating a triangular seed bead
  • Hexagon: six-sided seed bead
  • Magnatama: a teardrop-shaped seed bead.