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.

  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Sliperit
    $1.49

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Sliperit

    FI-4CS

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Sliperit

    $1.49
  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full
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    $2.99

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    FI-3CLF

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Labrador Full

    $2.99
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  • 6mm Fire Polished Bead - Emerald
    $2.29

    6mm Fire Polished Bead - Emerald

    FP-6512

    6mm Fire Polished Bead - Emerald

    $2.29
  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze
    $3.79

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze

    FI-3JB

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Bronze

    $3.79
  • 2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Polychrome Viridian
    $4.99

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Polychrome Viridian

    SD-PV

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Polychrome Viridian

    $4.99
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Blue Iris
    $1.49

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Blue Iris

    FI-4JBI

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Blue Iris

    $1.49
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Red AB
    $2.99

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Red AB

    FI-4REAB

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Red AB

    $2.99
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full
    $2.29

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full

    FI-4ECCF

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Etched Crystal Chrome Full

    $2.29
  • 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
  • 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
  • Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel
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    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel

    CA-AMS

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Metallic Steel

    $4.99
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  • 3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet
    $1.99

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet

    FI-3J

    3mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet

    $1.99
  • 2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Bordeaux
    $3.99

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Bordeaux

    SD-PB

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Bordeaux

    $3.99
  • 2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Turquoise
    $3.99

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Turquoise

    SD-PT

    2.5mm x 5mm SUPERDUO Bead - Pastel Turquoise

    $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
  • 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
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Cobalt
    $2.49

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Cobalt

    FI-4COB

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Cobalt

    $2.49
  • Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Pastel White
    $4.99

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Pastel White

    CA-APW

    Two-Hole 6mm CABOCHON Bead - Alabaster Pastel White

    $4.99
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal AB
    $1.49

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal AB

    FI-4CAB

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal AB

    $1.49
  • 4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Green Iris
    $1.49

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Green Iris

    FI-4JGI

    4mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet Green Iris

    $1.49
  • 8mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet
    $0.99

    8mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet

    FI-8J

    8mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Jet

    $0.99
  • 2mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold
    $3.79

    2mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold

    FI-2CCG

    2mm FIRE POLISHED Bead - Crystal Capri Gold

    $3.79
  • Two-Hole 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Jet Etched Full Capri Rose
    $4.49

    Two-Hole 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Jet Etched Full Capri Rose

    THD-JEFCR

    Two-Hole 5mm x 16mm DAGGER Bead - Jet Etched Full Capri Rose

    $4.49
  • 6mm Fire Polished Bead - Medium Amethyst
    $2.29

    6mm Fire Polished Bead - Medium Amethyst

    FP-626

    6mm Fire Polished Bead - Dark Amethyst

    $2.29