Miyuki Long Drop beads (LDP) can add delightful dimension to your beadwork. Resembling a top-drilled grain of rice, they can be used in place of larger daggers or smaller drops. Weave Long Drop beads together with smaller round, cylinder, or faceted beads to show off their shape.
The slender and graceful silhouette of the Long Drop lends itself nicely to Kumihimo braiding, as well as Russian and Cellini spirals. The beads extend outward from the spiral, giving the twisting beadwork some extra texture and pizazz. The Long Drop shape is just slightly wider at the tip with a subtly flattened profile as if someone gave the bead a little pinch. Each long drop bead measures 3mm x 5.5mm long with a hole size of .8mm.
Long Drop beads can take on and enhance the style of any project. They can look vine-like or floral, organic or geometric. Scattered within a kumihimo braid or Russian spiral the Long Drop beads gain a much more structured look. Long drops are also a great way to end fringe as they add a bit of weight and enable the fringe to move and flow naturally.
Miyuki's Long Drop collection are available in a selection of icy pastels, seaglass and iris finishes to match any project. The light plays off the translucent finishes beautifully as they move or while the darker finishes add depth and intensity. These versatile beads are another way to add a little something extra when creating your own designs or adapting projects to best suit your style.
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