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Daily Wire Tip Feb. 26: What Are Pinch Beads?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
February 26, 2011
I just received the March issue of a beading magazine. One of the designs calls for “pinch beads.” What are pinch beads? How are they different, and is there a substitute? Is there anything else I need to know about them that would affect a design?
-Catherine in Arlington, Virginia
Interesting question, Catherine.
I did some research and found that “pinch” refers to a bead that is trillion oval in shape, where the 3 sides on an oval bead (usually drilled from top to bottom) produce lots of shine. The examples I found are made of Czech glass. No, Wire-Sculpture does not carry pinch beads currently; you can do a Google Image Search of “pinch beads” to find pictures.
As far as suggestions for substitutions, that would be up to you as the creator. You might try emailing the author of the pattern, as they have probably experimented with a variety of bead shapes before deciding to use pinch beads, and would be better able to advise you.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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