Beads A bead is a small, decorative object that is usually pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to over 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter. A pair of beads made from Nassarius sea snail shells, approximately 100,000 years old, are thought to be the earliest known examples of jewellery. Beadwork is the art or craft of making things with beads. Beads can be woven together with specialized thread, strung onto thread or soft, flexible wire, or adhered to a surface (e.g. fabric, clay).
Beads can be made of many types of materials. The earliest beads were made of convenient natural materials; when found, these could be readily drilled and shaped. As human technology became capable of obtaining or working with more difficult natural materials, those were added to the range of available substances. In modern manufacturing, the most common bead materials are wood, plastic, glass, metal, and stone.
pierce (v) to go into or through something, making a hole
in it using a sharp point
range (n) a set of similar things
flexible (adj.) able to change or be changed easily according to
craft (n) skill and experience, especially in relation to
adhere (v) to stick firmly
drill (v) make holes
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