Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bead Spotlight: Color Lined Seed Beads

Assorted Color Lined Crystal 11/o Seed Beads

Clockwise from Top: Luminous Sherbert Orange,
Wisteria Purple, Jet Black,
Luminous Shocking Pink,
and Abalone Blue lined crystal seed beads

Every beader has a favorite bead or material, something they are instantly drawn to whenever they are browsing a selection or collection of beads. For me, there isn’t anything that represents the beauty of beads better than the color lined seed bead.

These little beauties have a unique, sparkling quality that can take any project to new heights. There is something about the combination of clear glass and opaque color that makes these seed beads stand out above all the others.

Color lined crystal, or clear, seed beads come in just about every shade imaginable. The layer of clear glass above the color adds so much sparkle to a design, that it’s a wonder I have any other types of seed beads in my stash.

Assorted Tinted Color Lined 11/o Seed Beads

Red Lined Sapphire, Navy Lined Yellow,
White Lined Peridot, Dark Brown Lined Amber,
Yellow Lined Black Diamond

Even more exciting are the dual-tone variety, which combine two unique colors for a completely different look. Some combinations contrast each other, so each color stands out within a single bead, adding two dimensions to the beadwork they are used in. Other combinations seem to blend together, forming a totally new color.

Most seed bead sizes and shapes come in a selection of color lined finishes, including cubes and peanuts. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create an entire piece of jewelry with nothing but color lined beads?

Assorted Color Lined Seed Bead Shapes

Magenta Lined Crystal 4/o, Tomato Lined Crystal 4mm Cubes,
Pink Lined AB Peanuts, Pink Lined Blue 6/o,
Light Jonquil Lined Aqua 15/o, Black Lined Garnet 12/o 3-Cuts


  1. I have read where some of the color lines ones are not that durable. That the color wears away after some time. So I have been avoiding them. Are there really these types of problems with all the color lined beads?

  2. I have encountered some Czech seed beads with flaky lining. Almost all of the colors pictured in this post are Japanese seed beads, and they've all stood up very well.

    You can usually tell whether or not a bead's finish will flake or fade right away, because some of the beads in the package will already be turning.


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