Beads on the Menu: Food Inspires A Banquet of Shaped Beads

Maybe it’s the foodie in me, or maybe I was just hungry. Either way, the more I learned about shaped beads, the more I noticed how many of them were named after nuts, fruits, candies, and other tasty morsels. The list-maker in me began to keep track.

When you think of the central role food plays in our lives, it makes sense that we use it as a common point of reference. From the mundane chore of quelling a constantly rumbling stomach to the lovingly-prepared feasts that celebrate our most-cherished traditions, food is a pillar in our lives as individuals and as a society. We have “onion” domes in Eastern Orthodox architecture, the “Milky” Way Galaxy in our heavens, “hamburger” buttons on our websites, and so-called “Oreo” cows (technically the Belted Galloway breed) in our pastures, so why wouldn’t we also describe our bead shapes with the sensory-rich vocabulary of food?

Let’s take a look at what’s on our shaped beads menu. We’ll start with some appetizers, move into savory items, and finish up with some sweets.

1. Peanuts

2. Almonds

3. Melons

6. Noodles

8. Rice

10. Donuts

11. Cones

12. Chiclets

Bon Appétit!

If reading this blog post has sharpened your appetite, now is the perfect time to create something mouthwatering with your favorite food-related beads. While you’re at it, you’ll probably want to rustle up a snack with actual sustenance too!

Do you know any other shaped bead names inspired by food? Please share them in the comments below.

Go be creative!
Tamara Kula
Producer, Bead & Jewelry Group

Featured Image: Food metaphors provide a shared reference point for so many topics — beads included!

Get your Gourmet On with Food-Inspired Beads!

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