Glass - Only Better
In essence, acrylic beads are like glass beads. They can be just as transparent or opaque as the glass beads. But the major difference between them and the glass ones is the weight. The acrylic versions are much lighter than their glass counterparts and thus, are much more versatile. You can put much more of these on any necklace without worrying if the clasp will break. Furthermore, since these can be mass produced, the acrylic beads are cheaper as well. You can thus buy much more of these at the same price. Get a lot and you can even get a lower price for buying in bulk.
Another important thing about acrylic beads is that you can easily get varieties in shapes. From polyhedrons to having acrylic beads in other lesser known shapes, when added to jewellery, they make for some unique designs.
The best part about acrylic beads, though is the fact that these are available in various vibrant colours. In fact, it is no big secret that acrylic beads are used to make some of the best form of junk jewellery available out in the market. With the less price that these are available for, you can actually sell these for much cheaper than with the case of glass beads and still keep a higher profit margin.
Keep an eye on the quality when you get these though. Like most other things, it needs to be understood that the quality of the plastic that is used for making the acrylic beads can come in various varieties. While the lower variety will obviously be cheaper, you need to understand that it is not a good idea to opt for them. This is primarily because quite a few factors like hue, opacity and vibrancy depends on what kind of beads you are getting.
Finally, you need to understand that there is no set rule for designing the jewellery pieces. Feel free to experiment and combine. For example, combining acrylic beads with glass or even wooden ones can yield really interesting results. Have your closed ones go through your collection to let you know which ones really work and set out for recreating those. After all, creativity has no limit. So, get out there and start creating. You will never look back.