Sunday, 30 May 2010

Extra S-words: Seed beads, Stark and Sara / This Week with Entrecard May 24th to 30th

One very important jewellery S-word that I did not have time to include in my S-post is Seed beads!

Photo courtesy of Yvonne Stark of Stark Design

Seed beads are small glass beads that can be used as spacers (beads between other larger beads) or woven into cuffs or sewn on clothes like sequins. There are alot of beaders that use seed beads. Seed beads come in different sizes such as 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14 and 15. The larger the size-number the smaller the bead! Size 15 is tiny, only 1.3mm in diameter, while size 6 is 3.3mm in diameter!

Yvonne Stark (also an S-word) is a Swedish designer that makes beautiful pieces of beaded jewellery and accessories using seed beads. To see more of Yvonne's work go to her shop here. and then click on "Galleri". If you live in Sweden, why not buy some seedbeads while you are visiting Yvonne Stark's shop ! (This is not and Ad, just something I like.)

This is Yvonne Stark

and not Anna!
My cat Cajsa celebrated her 11th birthday yesterday.
(Cajsa does not have her own blog, but her daughter, Sara does.)

"Cajsa" is not an S-word at all, while "Sara" is. Sara will be 10 years old on June 6th. So here's to you, my shy little blogging cat, Sara. (Check out "Sara Cat writes" here.)


Thank you for advertising with me on my Entrecard-widget this past week, from Maj 24th to 30th. Please visit these fine sites :

Monday, May 24th - Click. Buy. Help.

Tuesday, May 25th - Grampy's World

Wednesday, May 26th - Meow Diaries

Thursday, May 27th - Scoop Celebrity. com

Friday, May 28th - Alterity Art

Saturday, May 29nd - Sara Cat writes / Sara Katt skriver

Sunday, May 30th - The Red Cat Society

Best wishes,

First Commenter:
Ann of Ann's Snap Edit & Scrap


Ann said...

I think that's funny the way some manufacturers do that, making the larger number the smaller product. Makes things confusing. :)
Happy Birthday to Cajsa, hope she got some extra treats for her day.

Anonymous said...

Awww...Sara is so cute!
Thank you for the shout out :)

Lin said...

Happy Birthday, sweet kitty!

Anna said...

Ann - Thanks for stopping by! You have made an interesting observation about the sizes of the seed beads. Yes it is confusing, but this is not an unusual thing for measuring small items. I don't think the manufacturers are trying to be confusing on purpose in order to fool anyone. I think that they are just following a tradition. I think these size numbers mean the number of beads that fit into an inch or some other standard measurement. I am going to try measuring beads to see if this is true.
The sizing of wire works in a similar way. The "gauge" of wire is also a higher number the smaller it is. But this is the reason: Wire is made narrower in size by pulling it through sets of holes in a very strong steel plate. I have done this with silver wire, so I know how it's done. You fil a point at one end to get it into the smaller hole and then you pull like mad with a special heavy duty pliers. Then you go to the next smaller hole and do the same thing. The finer the wire gauge the more times or more holes you have to pull the wire through. That is why 16 gauge wire is thicker than 22 gauge!
Alterity - Lisa - Thank you for visiting! Sara sends you lots of purrs!
Lin - Cajsa thanks you for the grats. I am writing this on June 6th which is actually Sara Cat's birthday. Oh dear, what am I going to do about a present?!
Hugs to all three of you wonderful and faithful blogging friends!

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