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Glass Bead Finishes And Coatings by Lisa Crook

Glass beads come in an assortment of finishes, which embellish and enhance their appearance. A finish is a surface treatment, such as an additive, color or coating applied to the end product.

Common finishes include matte, frosted, AB (aurora borealis) or rainbow, metallic, pearl and satin.
AB finish is a permanent rainbow finish that can be applied to any color or type of glass bead. The finish is only applied to one side of the bead.

Metallic coatings are usually applied by heating the glass beads and then spraying them with oxidized tin.

A matte treatment results in a non-reflective, frosted, velvet-like appearance. Semi-matte is matte but with a light polish. The beads do not look as shiny as regular opaque.

Luster coatings may be metallic, white or colored. They have a uniform, shiny finish on the surface of an opaque, translucent or transparent bead. The beads end up having a pearlized look.

Pearl finish is often used to describe beads with an opaque luster.

Iris is an iridescent permanent coating applied to glass beads, which gives them a rainbow metallic shine.

Vitreal (vitrail) is when one half of the glass bead is painted silver, with a rainbow finish over the silver half. There are a variety of rainbow coatings available. Raku is a matte vitreal finish.

Gold or Silver Luster is when transparent glass beads have been coated with a luster gold or silver finish, which creates subtle gold highlights.

A galvanised bead has been plated with zinc with either a shiny or matte finish.

Plated glass beads are plain beads which have been electroplated or coated with a metallic finish. Silver-plated beads are plated with silver, and gold-plated beads are plated with gold.

Glass Pearl jewelry beads are another perfect example of coating - they start out as regular white, opaque pressed glass beads. The beads are strung, spaced and are fixed horizontally onto a painting rack. Then these beautiful crafting beads are then spray painted in an oven similar to that in which cars are painted.

Available in both smooth and textured finishes. Textured beads are sometimes called â€Moon Surfaceâ€. These jewelry making beads are available in a large palette of colors with the most popular being Natural pearl and Gold colored.

Glass Pearl beads were popularized by the Swarovski company. Today Czech and Chinese glass pearl beads are of good quality and offer an affordable alternative to Swarovski.

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Reuel Crook Talks about Spacer Beads.For more information on wholesale Beads please visit

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Written by Kitty Cat Central

April 3rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm