Decorative, fun, educational and so much more - water beads are many things! Initially popular as vase fillers for flower arrangements, they have become a truly versatile product that can also be used for child development, in the creation of air fresheners and as refills for commercial toy products.
Just add them to water and watch as they grow from tiny pellets to resemble glass marbles. The beads are made from polyacrylamide which allows them to absorb, store and release water to keep plants and flowers moist. This same compound is also used to control soil erosion, retain moisture in landscaping installations and manufacture diapers.
The most common application for water beads is in the creation of centerpiece arrangements for wedding receptions. They offer a great option for vase filling since they are softer and lighter than marbles or glass beads, plus they come in an array of different colors and are reusable. Arrangements can be made with a single color or with multiple ones that are mixed or layered. Our beads not only offer a decorative splash of color, but they also add functionality to centerpieces by holding flowers in place. And should your vase get knocked over you won't have to worry about water pouring all over the floor or other surfaces.
Another use that has become increasingly popular is to utilize water beads in sensory applications for preschool activities. Children learn from touching, sorting and seeing the beads in sensory tables and other ways. Exercises in color recognition, hydration and texture recognition help expand the minds of preschool students.
Our product's versatility goes even further. Rather than pay full price for air fresheners like Renuzitä Crystal Elements, you can make your own at a fraction of the cost using water beads. After hydrating the beads just stir in a capful of concentrated fragrance oil (which can be purchased at a candle supply retailer). In addition to cost savings you will benefit from an almost unlimited combination of scents and colors, plus your air freshener can be used over and over.
There are several types of water beads - colorfast/non-colorfast and translucent/opaque. Non-colorfast beads use an external dye process that results in some of the dye bleeding. While this is usually less desirable because of the potential mess, virtually any shade of color can be made using the non-colorfast method. Colorfast ones require a more complex manufacturing process, resulting in a limited number of available colors. Our company sells only colorfast products and carries the widest array of colors online. With the exception of Black and White (which are opaque), all of our colors are translucent and produce a sparkling effect when light passes through.
Come inside our store and have a look around. You'll find the highest quality products at great savings, available in a wide selection of colors and package sizes. Our top rating from the Better Business Bureau assures our customers that they can count on us for a positive shopping experience, so feel free to contact us if you have questions about water beads and how to use them. Welcome!