In the last few years I have really noticed a dramatic shift in the beading world, a bead renaissance if you will. With the introduction of so many new multi-hole Czech glass beads, beaders have enjoyed the opportunity to truly stretch their weaving skills. There is a myriad of amazing 3 dimensional weaves and patterns out there now, making it a really exciting time to be a seed beader. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend trying one of the free patterns for CzechMates. These patterns will show you some amazing and imaginative ways to use these multi-hole glass beads that you are sure to love. We are proud to offer an entire selection of free patterns that will challenge you and make you a weaving pro in no time. Below are a few of the many amazing patterns we offer at FusionBeads.com!
Glowing enthusiasm aside, the only thing I don’t love about these beads is the occasional, but dreaded, blocked second hole. Czech glass beads undergo a special manufacturing process which sometimes leaves extra material in the hole. Today’s tip is how to avoid blocked beads and save yourself from a beading headache halfway through your project.
As is often the case, it is all about preparation. I know many of us creative types can’t wait to delve right into a project, but setting aside a little time for prep can ward off time-consuming problems in the future. Before starting any project, cull out any beads with a blocked hole. You can visually inspect the bead by holding it to a light. If the light shines through you are good to go. The second method is to use a needle to simply poke through the holes to make sure there are no obstructions. Once you have a good batch set aside, dispose any of the blocked beads so they won’t creep back into your supply. Nothing is worse than completing a section of weaving only to find a blocked hole stops you dead in your tracks.
A little time spent beforehand will save you a lot of frustration later. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to stretch your skills and try a new weaving technique with these wonderful glass beads. We are sure you’ll love them as much as we do!
Happy Tuesday! – Rebecca