Learn All About Lucite Beads!

I will never stop loving lucite beads. They’re gorgeous, lightweight, colorful, unique, and the list just keeps going! While most people find themselves pining over these lucite treasures, many people don’t know what lucite really is or how it came into popularity. I’m here to give you the scoop! Lucite, also known as thermoplastic acrylic resin, is a form of thermal plastic developed in 1931 by DuPont. It differs from earlier plastics due to its light weight, durability and transparency. Some lucite is even carved out of tubes and therefore doesn’t have any seams like plastics made in a mold would have. Needless to say, lucite immediately became wildly popular as an affordable alternative to Bakelite, and it grew even more into the 1950s as an ideal choice for costume jewelry and Jelly Belly jewelry. While its popularity never ceased, lucite has been growing as a trendy medium to use in jewelry lately, as big chunky jewelry in bold hues has become a huge trend.

At FusionBeads.com, we carry a huge selection of lucite in a range of shapes, including plenty of flowers, leaves and filigree. We carry both vintage lucite and new lucite, and you will find in the title of each piece whether or not it’s vintage.

One problem that many people run into when they buy lucite is what to do with it! It’s not easy to work with a flat flower with a center drilled hole. Over the years, I’ve stocked up on hundreds of lucite flower beads, but I never knew how to work with them, so I just let them sit pretty at my beading work station. Fortunately, FusionBeads.com has just launched two new techniques that teach you how to make bails for center drilled beads! Click here to learn how to make a Bent Head Pin Bail, or click here to learn how to make a Wire Wrapped Center Drilled Bead Bail! Both techniques are easy and fun to use, and they work perfectly with stacked beads! I suggest using these techniques with lucite flowers stacked in varying sizes and colors for a gorgeous, professional look!

I’m off to play with lucite! – Sara

3 comments to Learn All About Lucite Beads!

  • Julie Anderson

    I have used and made earrings for my sister, she loved them. Also added some to a necklace.Love them.

  • I would consider myself an “earthy” type person – jeans and casual/dress shirt kind of girl (um – woman I guess)… And I’ve got to admit that these are very yummy looking to me! I think it is those rich muted colors! Oh – Yeah!!!

  • Oops – was looking at the Swarovski post for my previous comment, and got all excited and scrolled down to read the “previous” post. I’ve got a thing for the more muted Lucite beads too… Can never have enough beads! No matter what kind they are ;)

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