Friday, October 26, 2007

Favorite Bead Shape results are IN!

72 readers took the poll and the winner is... Cylinder beads! Cylinder beads were by far the favorite shape, preferred by 52% of respondents. Trailing in second place (16%) was a preference for rocailles - those gorgeous donut shaped beads we've come to love from the Czech's, Venetians, and French. Tying at 13% each were the cubic (Japanese seed beads) and cut (true cuts) beads. In last place were the shaped beads, such as triangles, which received only 6% of the vote.

I'm surprised to see Cylinder beads as everyone's favorite. I thought the donuts or cubic beads would have won. But with their beautiful colors and great big holes - they are so easy to work with - who can deny just how wonderful these little beads are. There are over 829 colors of Delicas alone, no wonder they are everyone's favorite!

Thank you everyone who voted. To see the final results, click on the title above.

PS: I have one more poll, for those who are willing :) Again, participation is completely anonymous. What surface finish do you like best? Tough one! Poll ends in one week.....

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SuzyQ said...

PSS: The numbers on the poll have already changed since I wrote the post! The reason is that I have to keep the poll "live" in order for you to view it.
The results reported are those as of 5 pm on Friday, October 26th!

Dianne said...

I really like the roundness of the rocailles but the holes are small and the beads are not as uniform so I use cylinders a lot. However, the Japanese rocailles seem to be overcoming some of the shortcomings of the Czech beads, which I learned recently, from a bead store owner, are a cottage industry product. Many different people making the beads in their homes, thus, a certain lack of quality control.

SuzyQ said...

Hi Dianne,
I think you are right about hole size and consistency and that this is why delicas and Japanese beads are so desireable.

As far as the Czech seed bead industry, my understanding of how it works is like this: The industry is a "cottage industry" meaning that there are small factories that produce seed beads (but not in one's home). These small factories form a collective which is managed by a "company" called Ornella. Ornella is responsible for the distribution of seed beads (and may own some of the small factories?).

As far as production in the home, my understanding is that these operations produce mostly the lampworked beads. They also provide services such as cutting - production of the true cuts such as charlottes - from the rocailles provided to them by the small factories (and often this work is done in exchange for cases of beer, according to Virginia Blakelock).

There was a very good article published on this by Virginia in *I think* Bead and Button magazine in the past two or three years or so.
Anyhow, I hope that clarifies your understanding of how the industry works and please feel free - *anyone* to correct me if I have reported it incorrectly!