Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks! – Getting to Know Czech Glass Beads

The gorgeous glass beads that are coming from the Czech Republic are really changing the way beaders are weaving and creating jewelry. Every year new geometric shapes are designed with bead weavers in mind, and although it is exciting, it can be slightly overwhelming to keep up with all the amazing shapes!

Below are diagrams and pictures of the latest glass beads that have been added to our website. We thought having a post that highlights just the shape of these beads would be helpful in envisioning and creating patterns and designs.  We hope you enjoy getting to know these beads and their unique shapes and possibilities!

The Nib-Bit

The Nib-Bit is a glass bead with two 0.6 mm parallel holes, a wedge shape that is a wide rectangle top or base that tapers into a smaller round curve at the bottom. It has flat sides which make it possible to place side by side. The configurations with this bead are endless, but can make great floral and round stitch pieces.

The Prong 

I like to think of this 1-hole glass bead as a shark fin or a claw. With one hole near the flat end of this bead and with its tapered tip the Prong can add texture and dimension to your pieces.

The Beam

The Beam is a slim rectangular shape with three 0.8 mm holes. It has rounded ends, flat sides, and a narrow form that wear comfortable on the skin. This bead works well when you want to create a strong visual linear design.

The Arcos Par Pucas

The Arcos Par Pucas can give any design curves with its striking arch. This bead is shaped like a macaroni elbow with square bottoms and has three holes. These pieces are made to pair with the Minos Par Pucas.

The Minos Par Pucas

Although the Minos Par Pucas are sold separately from the Arcos Par Pucas, they were made to be paired together in a design. This bead has 1-hole and is a squat, round, cylinder bead. Definitely a cute bead on its own, when paired with two Arcos Par Pucas these little beads can make a circle.

The Cali Bead

The Cali bead has a sleek pointed-oval shape and is very similar to the Beam, except that instead of more angular edges this bead has nice round tapered ends. This 3-hole bead is great for creating lines in your design with a soft shape.

The DiamonDuo

The DiamonDuo is a 2-hole bead with a flat bottom and a faceted domed top with four sides. This bead can add a lovely studded texture and a cool mosaic effect to your designs. DiamonDuos can be inter-changeable with GemDuos in most designs and patterns.

The Gekko Bead 

The long awaited Gekko bead has only 1-hole that runs vertically through the bottom of the bead. It has a thinner pinched top with three points that end in a curved thick bottom. This bead is similar to the Dragon Scale glass bead but has rounder and thicker edges. The Gekko bead can be used to create a scale-like appearance to your jewelry designs.

The GemDuo

The GemDuo is a gorgeous diamond-shaped glass bead that is very similar to the DiamonDuo. It has a flat bottom and a more gentle raised beveled top that resembles a two-sided faceted gemstone. The GemDuos come in exciting colors and have two generously sized holes that run parallel through the bead.

The ZoliDuo 

The unique paisley-shaped ZoliDuo has two holes, with one hole going through the widest part of the bead and one through the narrowest part of the bead. The tops are domed while the backs are flat, allowing them to lie flush against your skin. This glass bead comes in two directions to create even more diverse patterns. These ZoliDuos pictured above are left-oriented, meaning when you look at the bead with the widest part on top, the bead curves leftward. ZoliDuos Right versions are also available on the website.

A really useful tool to use when designing new bead weaving pieces is to check out our Inspiration Projects and CzechMates Patterns. The jewelry created by our jewelry designers and the company CzechMates can give you an idea of what kind of shapes can be made with these glass beads. Be sure to check out the latest in our inspiring projects below!

Gekko Bracelet Inspiration Project 

Rainbow Gold Bracelet Inspiration Project

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Tips and Tricks!

Happy Beading!

-Zoe

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