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Rainbow of BeadsBy Suzann Sladcik Wilson

When shopping for quality beads, Beadphoria often buys in strands. Buying in strands ensures you to have enough beads to complete a project and may leave you with enough for complementary jewelry, like bracelets and earrings.  Having additional beads on hand also allows you duplicate designs, if a piece becomes popular.

Here are some tips when shopping for strands.

Price per bead – Some strands may seem expensive, but when you calculate the price per bead, it can actually be a bargain. Divide the cost of the strand by the number of beads on the strand to figure out the cost per bead.

Use a keen eye – Look for consistent color, shaping, and size when choosing a strand.

Take your time – Go through as many strands as possible to find the one that catches your eye.

Ask! – A hank of beads is when 10-14 strands are tied together. If you buy a whole hank, they often will give you a discount. Strand with a broken bead you can’t live without?  See if they are willing to reduce the price.

Keep in mind that while some stores will break strands and sell individual beads, strands at bead shows are generally kept intact.

If you have any questions about beading, or shopping for strands, please feel free to contact me directly at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.