|How to Choose a Bead Necklace
A Practical Guide
Plastic Imitations of Bead Necklaces
There are necklaces which look like bead necklaces, but they are not. They are made of plastic blobs mechanically attached to a thread.
Have a look at the following examples:
They exist, with or without a clasp, in a great variety of colors and forms. They are very cheap and often very decorative. Especially in the Seventies and the Eighties they were part of the costume jewelry fashion and among many of us they still fill a part of our jewelry box. During the Seventies, short pieces of these plastic imitation necklaces were used to make long necklaces together with real beads of the same material and the same or different colors. These necklaces were often of surprising innovative designs.
If you would like to buy some of these imitation bead necklaces and do not know where, wait until next December, they are still used every year as Christmas tree decorations.
If they get dirty, no problem. These plastic imitation bead necklaces can be cleaned easily. By using a damp cloth or by soaking them in a lukewarm (not hot!) soapy solution for about 20 minutes (washing them gently between your hands), and rinsing them thoroughly in clean water. Dry them lying flat on a towel for at least 24 hours.