Pony beads are quite similar to seed beads. But, they are not that small in size and they can be made from many different materials. In most cases, they are made from plastic or glass. Pony beads are suitable for a range of projects and they are very popular for kids and adults projects because they are easy to work with. Pony beads for jewelry making are available in a range of colors, shapes, and finishes. Apart from jewelry making, they can be used in kids craft work, ornaments and hair fashions.
It was in the 1800s when the early explorers Lewis and Clark brought trade inventory consisting of pony beads to North America. These beads were not called pony beads until 1929. In 1929, the term pony beads was first used for these beads when they were delivered via the Pony Express. From then, these beads have been used by girls and women to decorate shoes and clothing. They were used with a range of other beads for jewelry making to design necklaces and bracelets.
In the UK, these beads are also known as barrel beads because of its shape. If you take a look at these beads today, you will see that they are available in a range of different shapes and sizes. With the extensive selection of pony beads for jewelry making available these days, it can at times be daunting to pick the right ones for your jewelry making needs.
These beads come in basic shapes such as rounds and ovals to more complex shapes such as flowers and animals. There are themed shaped ones available such as sports, medical, music, transportation, holiday, Christmas, etc. The ones that are made from plastic are more popular than the ones that are made from glass. Christmas pony beads for jewelry making are available in red, white and green colors and in shapes such as Christmas trees, snowmen and Santa Claus.
These beads for jewelry making can be transparent or opaque. The transparent ones resemble glass beads to a great extent and they also appear seamless and of good quality. You will also find those which have a metallic finish. If you are looking to add a touch of sparkle or glitter to your jewelry making project, then you can consider those which have a glitter finish.
These beads are available in a range of colors and they are inexpensive as well. They are quite easy to use even by children. While the opaque ones can be used by children to include in their crafting and beading projects, transparent beads can be used to make woven sun catchers for the window.