Acrylic beads are a great choice for jewelry makers because they are so versatile. They come in a wide range of colors and shapes, which can be combined to create some truly wonderful pieces of homemade jewelry. These beads are strong, but light, so they are also a great choice for jewelry which is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by on-the-go active people. These acrylic beads are also incredibly cheap, especially when they are bought in bulk, so they are a staple item for all hobbyists.
Unlike some other types of beads, such as wooden beads and shell beads, acrylic beads are made out of a synthetic material. Scientists are able to made acrylic very easily, and it can then be molded into an almost unlimited number of shapes and designs. This is the reason that you are able to find so many wonderful shapes of bead at your favorite bead suppliers.
It is even possible to buy your own kits to help you to mold your own personalized beads. Some of these kits come with acrylic “ingredients”, color dyes and molds, whereas others come without molds, to allow you a wider degree of create freedom. It is even possible to buy all the “ingredients” which are used to make acrylic beads separately.
If you want to make your own molds for beads, it is a relatively easy, but time consuming process, however once you have made your mold, you will be able to use it again and again! To create a mould, simply roll out some modeling clay, sprinkle it with talcum powder then press a bead (or whatever other shape you want to mold) with some wire through it, half way into the rolled out clay. Make sure that the wire also makes a groove. Carefully remove the bead and the wire from the clay, back until it is hard. Once this half of the mold has cooled down, place the bead and wire back into the mold. Take another piece of modeling clay which has talc on it, and press it onto the bead, making sure that it is flush against your baked mold. Carefully remove the already…