4 Applications of Metal Beads Other Than Making Jewelry

A lot of people have the misconception that jewelry is the only thing that can be crafted from metal beads. The reason why this notion exists is because beads are products that have an inherently strong association with jewelry. Whenever you think of the uses of metal beads or gemstone beads, the first thing that pops up in your mind is stunning jewelry for women. If making jewelry was the only worthwhile application of metal beads, then the business of extracting and polishing beads would not have been as big as it is today.

For those of you who are not aware, metal beads are one of the most diverse craft items in the entire world. Metal beads can be used in a vast array of projects. Crafting jewelry is only one of them. The use of metal beads in any object can greatly elevate its visual appeal and provide a considerable degree of textural reinforcement. As mentioned before, there are numerous projects that can be carried out with the use of metal beads. These projects can be carried out professionally for a profit, or they can be a part of an intriguing pastime.


The list of applications for metal beads is quite long. For your convenience, we have prepared a concise list of four objects that you can make with metal beads other than jewelry. This short list will hopefully inspire new creative ideas in the minds of those who have always been eager to work with metal beads:

1) Adornments

Adornments are put in place to enhance the look of a particular object. With the proper use of adornments, you can uplift the appearance of a simple and ordinary object to a whole new level. Adornments also fulfill the need for customization. This is, after all, the age of advanced consumerism. Consumers love the idea of having their belongings personalized to suit their specific requirements and taste preferences. As a result, you will often see adornments being used on shirts, hats, purses, sneakers, and so on.

If you were to use metal beads as an adornment for your shoes, you would be able to immediately stand out from the crowd. Metal beads are commonly laced into shoelaces and on the sides of the shoes. You can handpick colored metal beads that perfectly complement the appearance of your shoes.

If you want to pull off a steam punk retro look, you can stitch a few copper beads into a shirt of your choice (preferably a white lace shirt).

Some people like to put on accessorized clothing on the day of the big game. To do something similar, you could print out the logo of your favorite on a ball cap that has been adorned with spectacular metal beads.

As you can clearly see, the possibilities are infinite. To adorn your clothing and accessories with metal beads, all you need to do is learn a bit of sewing and develop the desire to push the boundaries of your imagination.

2) Ornaments

Ornaments are not exactly the same as jewelry, although a lot of people are unable to differentiate between the two. You can create entire ornaments and partial structures with the use of metal beads. They can also be used as an addition to a specific ornament. For instance, it is common for people to transform their boring and mundane Christmas ornaments into stunning decoration pieces by implanting high quality metal beads.

You can also use metal beads to create your own wind chime. This is a great idea for people who are sick and tired of using the tacky and backdated wind chimes found in stores. For the wind chime, you would require larger metal beads that could work with metal plates with good resonance.

Tassels and ornamental statues can be made a lot prettier by using metal bead wrapping. Furthermore, metal beads can be strung together to form magnificent barrier screens that are still considered to be quite appealing.

3) 3D Crafts

If other types of beads can be used for toys and bookmarks, there is no reason for metal beads to be left out. One of the best things about metal beads is that they can instantly make any object look a lot classier.

If you were to build an elephant toy out of metal beads, it would really look more impressive with that steely appearance. A metal beaded bookmark would make a perfect gift for someone who does not want to use those cheap, childish products for keeping a track of their reading.

There are some craftsmen who have developed the art of creating unique woven works with metal beads. It goes without saying that these products have attained huge popularity in the market.

If you have the right tools on hand, and if you possess the required techniques, you could create skeletons of buildings with metal beads. That would turn out to be quite a spectacular sight, indeed.

4) Clothing

Beaded clothing has gone in and out of fashion over the years. If you are a fashion designer who is looking for an exciting challenge, then why not dare to revolutionize the concept of beaded clothing and give your clients something truly unique?

There is a lot that you can do with metal beads and garments. It all comes down to how creative you are willing to be. Nowadays, people are following the trend of having a “goofy day” wardrobe. There is definitely a demand for beaded clothing among those who are trying to pull off the “fashionably goofy” look on specific days of the month.

Beaded clothing is a fun thing to wear at the club or on casual office days when your boss isn’t going to be nitpicking your wardrobe choices.


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