Bead Pick from Jewelry Making Daily's Tammy Jones: Glinter Silver Beads

Sep 1, 2011

Tammy Jones is my bead buddy and the Online Editor for Jewelry Making Daily. I asked her to tell me about her favorite new beading or jewelry making product from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Tammy found these gorgeous new Glinter silver beads and had this to say about them:


Tammy Jones is the Online Editor for Jewelry Making Daily

My job puts me in the metal, wire, and mixed-media areas of jewelry making, and I love all of that, but my first love was beads and beading. I can't do the fancy stitches--I don't have the patience for it, so peyote stitch is as far as I got into that type of beading. The beading category of "stringing" is more my thing, and while some ladies get swoony over Delicas and the new size 15s (squint!), I'm usually more drawn to metal beads or bigger gemstone beads.

So while flipping through the August 2011 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, I got really excited when I saw Glinter Silver Substitute from Elephant Eye Beads. They're metal beads (they also have clasps, charms, chain, wire, and other findings), but it's the metal itself that's the cool thing. It's an alloy of zinc, copper, and silver that looks like but costs less than silver, and apparently behaves like silver, too. In their studio tests, the folks at Elephant Eye created a rainbow of patina on it using liver of sulfur. The results they achieved are some of the prettiest, most colorful patinas I've ever seen! Some of the colors in the patina remind me of gemstones, and it makes these beads look like a combination of metal and gems!

After seeing Tammy's recommendation, I went to visit the Elephant Eye Beads website and I totally fell in love with these Glinter silver beads, too. I even ordered a set of bead caps and a clasp to use as the findings for my project in our ongoing Bead Along here on Beading Daily! The Glinter silver beads are a great low-cost alternative to sterling silver, and I love the wide range of shapes that are available from Elephant Eye Beads.

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blueflute wrote
on Sep 2, 2011 10:24 AM

I wonder if those allergic to zinc would have a reaction to these new Glinter beads. They are very pretty.

AlyceZ wrote
on Sep 2, 2011 6:59 PM

Good question about the zinc in Glinter. Most people are sensitive to nickel instead of zinc. Remember, zinc is used in baby diaper rash salve and as zinc oxide to prevent sun burn so most people have no problem with it. As for nickel sensitivity - Glinter has 4 times less nickel than surgical steel which is the most commonly used piercing metal. It's a pretty human friendly material. Alyce, owner at

AlyceZ wrote
on Sep 3, 2011 3:45 AM

We received a number of inquiries about the beads with patina shown in the picture above. The Glinter™ beads with patina were produced by an artist as an experiment to see how well Liver of Sulphur would work with this metal. We don’t offer premade colored Glinter™ beads at this time. It’s an easy task to color your own. Just make up a solution of Liver of Sulphur according to the container specifications then dip the beads in the mixture. It doesn’t take long to see the change. Rinse, dry, then buff with a polishing cloth. That’s it! This process works on all of styles of Glinter™ items.