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 Seed Bead Finishes and Treatment Durability 


Miyuki Treatment Durability - Courtesy of Miyuki


Type
Affect
Opaque
A solid color that no light passes through.
Transparent
A colored bead that light shines through clearly.
Matte (Frosted)
An etched surface that results in a velvety, frosted appearance.

Finish
Basic Explanation
Colors may change or fade due to bright sun (UV light) or deteriorate with time
Colors may rub off from friction or contact with skin acid
Colors will alter or fade from dry cleaning or exposure to strong solvents
Ceylon
Luster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beads
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
Dyed Color
Dyed color on the surface of the beads
Some issues with durability by individual use
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Galvanized
Metal plating on the surface of beads--often silver
Some issues with durability by individual use
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Gold Luster or Glazed Luster
Special luster glazed or gold luster glazed finishes
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Some issues with durability by individual use
Some issues with durability by individual use
Inside Color
Dyed color inside the hole of beads
Some issues with durability by individual use
No problem with regular use
Not highly durable, care is required for use
Luster
Standard clear luster coating
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
Metal Lined
Metal lining inside the hole of beads--often silver, gold or copper
Some issues with durability by individual use
Some issues with durability by individual use
Some issues with durability by individual use
Metallic
Gunmetal, iris or bronze finish
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
Rainbow (AB Coating)
Rainbow or AB (aurora borealis) coating on the outside of beads
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
Silk
Silk white color with satin finish
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
No problem with regular use
Metal Plated
Special metal platings on the outside of the bead such as silver, gold, nickel, and copper
No problem with regular use
Some issues with durability by individual use
No problem with regular use


Seed Bead Finishes


AB (Aurora Borealis) - Named for the northern lights, aurora borealis is a term for crystal stones that have a highly iridescent surface.


Ceylon - A pearl luster finish. Sometimes the color of this bead fades when exposed to strong sunlight.


Inside Color - The surface layer is clear while the color adhered to the inside shows through the clear layer.


Iris - An iridescent coating with multiple hues, usually on dark, opaque beads


 
Luster - Transparent, opal or opaque beads with a transparent, uniform, slightly shiny finish that is usually permanent. Finishes may be white, colored or even gold.


Matte - A finish that has a dulled or less shiny, perhaps frosty appearance. Light does not reflect off the surface as it does witha highly polished surface. Matte beads have a velvety or frosted surface. You can matte finish your own beads with Dip N'Etch. Matte iridescent beads are both iridescent and matte. These cannot be etched to make simply matte.


Metallic or Galvanized - A shiny, very reflective coating that gives the bead a look of metal. Metallic or galvanized beads are glass with a shiny metal like surface coating that is usually a baked-on product. Test the beads overnight in bleach, aceton or alcohol to check for permanence. Try not to use on bracelets or backs of necklaces where they will receive abrasions or anywhere they may receive a lot of sunlight. Three or four coats of a spray fixative can prevent the surface from wearing off quickly. Bronze, hematite and copper are more permanent because they actually have a metallic luster finish.



Opaque - Light cannot pass through an opaque bead because opaque beads transmit no light. You can't see the thread in an opaque bead.


Rainbow - An iridescent coating on the outside of either opaque or transparent beads.


Silver Lined - A transparent colored or clear outer layer which allows the silver lining on the inside to glisten through, giving added reflection. Silver-lined beads are made with a transparent or opal glass and have a mirror-like reflective lining in their holes. Usually, but not always, the hole is square to enhance the bead's reflectiveness.


Translucent - Somewhat clear (not as clear as transparent) - light can pass through.


Transparent - Light passes through a transparent bead much like it would through a stained glass window. (You can see through it.) Transparent beads transmit light and you can see into or through them, even when they're colored. More lively or ''sparkly'' than opaque beads.


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