Featured bead! The un-plain “dash 3”

July 30, 2009

I wrote the title of this post to purposely make you ask “What?????”  Got your attention!  Now read on about one of the coolest beads I know, and why it’s so…

So what is a “dash 3”?  Rings & Things geeks like me use that name for anything silver-plated. And I wanted to talk for a minute about the basic, but not plain, silver-plated round bead.

What are the great points of round silver-plated beads?  Off the top of my head, here are 5:

Silver-plated bead awesomeness #1

Silver-plated bead wonderfulness #1

  • These have big holes. For example the 5mm bead above has a 1 to 1.5mm hole.  That’s a lot of space for stringing onto a range of wire, cable or cord!  How versatile!
2nd silver-plated bead wonderfulness

2nd: silver-plated bead supremacy

  • They’re shiny. Of course!  And with that real-silver gleam.
3rd silver-plated bead thing

3rd silver-plated bead thing

  • They’re affordable. Up next to a solid sterling bead, the “dash 3” plated version is an incredible bargain.
4th silver-plated bead feature

4th silver-plated bead feature

  • What a blank slate to work with!  Silver goes with so many colors and textures.  Along with basic black (and lava stone 🙂 ), this is one of the easiest ‘colors’ to work into all of your designs.
5th 'dash-3' fabness

5th 'dash-3' fabness

  • They’re from Rings & Things…so you actually know they’re silver-plated. We don’t try to tell you they’re sterling or anything else.  Just the facts, ma’am!

Dash-3’s have lots more going for them. Do you have a testimonial for silver-plated beads? Write it in a comment below!

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  • Reply Cyndi L July 31, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I love “plain” round beads in all the metals! They are absolutely the best for adding the shine without detracting from your design. I get really nervous when my supply gets low… 🙂

  • Reply Dave August 3, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Good point, Cyndi, anyone who uses the round metal beads should be sure to keep a stock of ’em on hand. They’re almost as basic as cording & clasps…

  • Reply maneki August 4, 2009 at 3:58 am

    They can make nice accents in wirework, when you want something that’ll add interest to the shape (and/or texture) without taking focus from other beads or pendants as they “blend in”. Especially the tiny 2 mm, which are my favorites.

    They’re also a nice “first aid remedy” to use on headpins if you have beads with holes that are a bit to large to stay on the pin: looks like a ball-end headpin, only with a larger ball. And they work just as well on a ball-end headpin (for a simple dangle you first add a 2 mm onto it, followed by a 3 and/or 4 mm plain round, then by a 5 and/or 6 mm).

    Just stringing a (multi-strand) necklace with plain beads in various sizes can be pretty. Not least if you want to concentrate focus on an added pendant.

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