As the name implies, cut seed beads are very similar to normal seed beads excerpt they are not as long as their original counterparts. They are short cylinders with a hole right in the middle and varied hole diameters. Therefore, artisans can choose what they find more appealing for their project and use them accordingly. These cut seeds are also some of the few glass seeds that are hand crafted. Craftsmen take their sweet time cutting the glass, melting it, molding it, sand bathing it, and finally polishing it to give the beads their signature smooth texture.
Among the various types of small beads, cut seed beads are possibly the most beautiful and the loveliest. The simple yet brilliant design of the beads along with the immense amount of colors is just a few of the reasons why artisans all around the world simply cannot get enough of these beads. These beads also come in various sizes as well as diameters to suit the needs of the customers.
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Studies were conducted in 1985 and 1986 to determine the relationship between seed tuber size and cut seed size as they influence eye and stem number per seed piece and percent blind (without eyes) in two cultivars, Russet Burbank and Nooksack. The number of eyes may determine stem number per seed piece, which in turn influences tuber set, and eventual yield of a potato cultivar. There was a high correlation coefficient between eye number per seed piece and the number of stems produced in Nooksack. Russet Burbank cultivar averaged twice as many eyes per seed tuber compared to Nooksack tubers of equal size. The eyes on Russet Burbank were also more evenly distributed. The number of eyes and stems produced per seed piece increased as cut seed piece size increased. A correlation coefficient of r = +0.74 was obtained between eye number and stem number on Nooksack. A negative correlation coefficient of r = -0.77 was obtained on Russet Burbank between average stem number of the cut seed and seed tuber size. Percent of cut seed pieces that did not produce a plant (blind) was significantly higher for Nooksack than Russet Burbank, especially with smaller cut seed pieces where the 28 g cut seed had 24% blind seed pieces. Percent blind cut seed pieces also increased as seed tuber size increased. The percent stand was reduced from 94% for seed cut from 84 to 140 g seed tubers to 73% for Nooksack seed pieces cut from seed tubers of 252 to 280 g size. A significant negative linear trend was obtained between total yield that decreased as the seed tuber size from which seed pieces were cut increased.