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.

  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze
    $3.79

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze

    FI-3JB

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze

    $3.79
  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full
    $2.99

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    FI-3CLF

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    $2.99
  • Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - White
    $3.29

    Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - White

    C-W

    Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - White

    $3.29
  • 6mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full
    $1.79

    6mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    FI-6CLF

    6mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    $1.79
  • 2/0 Matubo Czech Glass Bead - Jet Bronze
    $1.79

    2/0 Matubo Czech Glass Bead - Jet Bronze

    MTB02-JB

    2/0 Matubo Czech Glass Bead - Jet Bronze

    $1.79
  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Aztec Gold
    $2.99

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Aztec Gold

    FI-3AG

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Aztec Gold

    $2.99
  • 2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Light Rose
    $5.49

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Light Rose

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    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Light Rose

    $5.49
  • 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Crystal Full AB Matted
    $3.79

    5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Crystal Full AB Matted

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    5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Crystal Full AB Matted

    $3.79
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full
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    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full

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    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full

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  • Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster
    $1.99

    Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster

    ZD-ABBL-L

    Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster

    $1.99
  • 2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Lilac
    $5.49

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Lilac

    MD-PLI

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Lilac

    $5.49
  • Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel
    $4.99

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel

    CA-AMS

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel

    $4.99
  • Two-Hole 3mm x 10mm CRESCENT Bead - Jet
    $3.79

    Two-Hole 3mm x 10mm CRESCENT Bead - Jet

    CR-J

    Two-Hole 3mm x 10mm CRESCENT Bead - Jet

    $3.79
  • Right ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster
    $1.99

    Right ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster

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    Right ZOLIDUO Bead - Alabaster Baby Blue Luster

    $1.99
  • Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Copper
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    $5.49

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Copper

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    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Copper

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  • 2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Snow White
    $5.49

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Snow White

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    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Pastel Snow White

    $5.49
  • 2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Full Labrador
    $3.99

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Full Labrador

    MD-CFL

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Full Labrador

    $3.99
  • Two-Hole 8mm x 5mm PAISLEY DUO  Bead - Chalk Blue Luster
    $1.99

    Two-Hole 8mm x 5mm PAISLEY DUO Bead - Chalk Blue Luster

    PD-CBL

    Two-Hole 8mm x 5mm PAISLEY DUO Bead - Chalk Blue Luster

    $1.99
  • 6mm Druk - Crystal California Gold Rush
    $2.79

    6mm Druk - Crystal California Gold Rush

    RO-6CCGR

    6mm Druk - Crystal California Gold Rush

    $2.79
  • Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Aztec Gold
    $3.29

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Aztec Gold

    CA-AG

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Aztec Gold

    $3.29
  • 2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Silverlined
    $2.99

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Silverlined

    MD-CSL

    2mm x 4mm MINIDUO Bead - Crystal Silverlined

    $2.99
  • 6mm Druk - Crystal Glittery Silver
    $2.79

    6mm Druk - Crystal Glittery Silver

    RO-6CGS

    6mm Druk - Crystal Glittery Silver

    $2.79
  • Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Jet Hematite
    $1.99

    Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Jet Hematite

    ZD-JH-L

    Left ZOLIDUO Bead - Jet Hematite

    $1.99
  • Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - Jet Matte
    $3.29

    Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - Jet Matte

    C-JM

    Two-Hole 9mm x 17mm Glass CARRIER Bead - Jet Matte

    $3.29