Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

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!

Protect Me Bracelet Pattern for CzechMates by Iulia PosticaSlytherin Bangle Pattern for CzechMates by Rae Burns
Luna Rosa Bracelet Pattern for CzechMates by Carole Ohl

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





2 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Deana

    I put the blocked ones aside and use them when a design uses only one hole of the bead on an edge. Doesn’t happen often, but I save them for those occasions.

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