Dreadful (GR) Any item has a gross of 144 pieces (12 dozen). There are 72 pairs in 144 pieces. A half-gross, often known as 0.5 gross, is 72 pieces (36 pairs). 10 bulk equals 120 dozen (1,440 pieces).
Bulk items are sold by the box and contain approximately 20% more beads than a dread. They are convenient for larger purchases or for adding to existing bead collections.
The term "dread" comes from the old days when these items were made from human hair. The word "bead" comes from the Czech ba, which means "ball." These small spheres were popular jewelry materials during Europe's Middle Ages and early modern era (500-1800).
Today, people usually use plastic beads instead. However, even today some people continue to make dreads with natural hair because they like the look and feel of them.
There are several types of beads: round, oval, square, and teardrop. Beads come in different colors and styles. It is possible to make simple designs or elaborate costumes using only beads. Beading is easy to learn and fun to do. You can create unique accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, and headpieces, or wear them yourself!
People have been stringing beads together since ancient times.
The count per gram is roughly 350 beads. 11/0 Delica Beads (DB) are our most popular cylinder bead size and come in over 1100 hues. Delicas are great for peyote stitch, brick stitch, square stitch, and herringbone stitch, but they may also be strung on their own for a more delicate effect. They're commonly used in bead knitting and bead crocheting.
Delicas were first made by Koyama Co. in Japan and initially sold only in that country. But they became so popular that other bead companies began making their own versions of the bead...and now they're available everywhere jewelry supplies are sold.
Each Delica is approximately 1/4 inch in diameter and comes with a hole pre-drilled into one end. When you string them together they will form a circle. Use a bead retriever to remove beads from your Delicas if needed.
Delicas are perfect for beginners because there's no need to adjust your stitches as you go along. The holes in the beads allow you to continue working even after one or two beads have been removed. Also, since each bead has a hole pre-drilled into it, replacing damaged or lost beads is easy too!
You can use glue, nail polish, or dental floss to attach beads to each other and to fabric. However, since these methods don't involve using a hole punch, some people prefer to use larger beads for stitching purposes.
Beads totaling 108 are used in a mala, which is worn around the neck. This provides an opportunity for people to touch and pray for them.
Malas are usually made of cotton or hemp but some may be made of silver, gold, or silk. The length of the mala varies depending on how many beads it contains. A short mala is one that covers only the chest area while a long mala goes down to the waist or even below the knee.
People make their own malas or buy them pre-made. There are shops that sell only malas or mostly that sell them at low prices. Some believe that wearing a mala can help bring them success in love or business.
Wearing a mala is important in Hinduism. It allows people to touch and pray for them even if they aren't able to say a full prayer. This is because each bead represents a soul that can be prayed for. They believe that by praying with compassion, you will receive blessings in return.
There are several techniques used when stringing together beads to make up a mala.
27 strands of beads are required for a full mala. This depends on how long the bracelet is wanted to be. If it is a shorter bracelet, then fewer strings of beads are needed.
The number of strands of beads varies depending on what type of artwork is being displayed on the mala. If the artwork is simple, like a geometric pattern, then several small strings of beads are used. But if the artwork is detailed, like a picture or saying, then only one large string of beads is necessary.
There are different methods of tying up the ends of the strings of beads. One method is called "jhumri knotting". This means that each end of the string is tied into a simple knot but with some extra loops added on top of it. These extra loops help prevent the knot from slipping out of place.
Another method is called "puja bead tying". With this method, first, a simple overhand knot is made. Then, two more knots are made in opposite directions from the first one. The last step is to trim off the excess string between the three knots. This leaves a fairly rigid bead necklace that can be worn comfortably.