czech beads

Czech glass beads are made in the Czech Republic, primarily in an area called Jablonec and production in the area goes back to the 14th century. In more recent times production was depressed under communist rule but is now once again vibrant with the manufacture of the popular “two-hole” beads (tip: make sure the holes are cleared before you begin working with these).

Most beads are made of molten glass pressed in molds which is associated with lower labour costs. The glass industry was known for its ability to copy more expensive beads by using molds which were popular in the 19th and early 20th century Africa trade.

"Fire-polished" faceted beads are a less expensive alternative to hand-cut faceted glass or crystal. They derive their name from the second half of a two-part process: first, the glass batch is poured into round bead molds, then they are faceted with a grinding wheel. The faceted beads are then poured onto a tray and briefly reheated just long enough to melt the surface, "polishing" out any minor surface irregularities from the grinding wheel.

Czech glass by nature has a more organic feel due to manufacturing methods. This is especially apparent with seed beads, making them favoured for bead embroidery.

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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Vitrail
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Green Iris
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Aztec Gold
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Vitrail
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Capri Gold Full
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Sliperit
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Purple Iris
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  • 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Crystal Etched Magic Wine
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  • 2mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Red AB
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  • 2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Jet Bronze
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  • 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Crystal Blue Rainbow
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Metallic Mix
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  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Purple Iris
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal
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  • 6mm Fire Polished Bead - Emerald
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  • 3mm Fire Polished Bead - Crystal AB
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Metallic Mix
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  • 2mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Copper Rainbow
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