Category Archives: Czech Beads

Jewelry Design Technique: “Filling the Gaps”

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another helpful Blog brought to you by Eureka Crystal Beads! Today I’m going to discuss a really simple design technique that’s great for the beginning beader who might be feeling overwhelmed with what to do with all the fun new beads they have. I call this technique FILLING THE GAPS! I touched upon the idea of this briefly in one of my previous YouTube videos, but we had some questions from viewers and wanted to expand upon it!


So to start, you can see that I have a lovely palette of beads in different shapes, sizes, colors, and mediums! This sort of assortment can make some beautiful projects but it can be daunting to know where to start!

First, think about what bead you might want to feature the most – start there! For this project I’m going to start with the 8mm Swarovski pearl in Iridescent Green!




I’ve laid out an odd number of the pearls, already reminiscent of the bracelet I’m creating. It’s often pleasing to the eye to have something in the center – hence the odd number! I suggest starting with the bead you’re most excited about. 🙂



Next, select the next type of bead you’d like to work with. If you aren’t sure which one do use next, stick with whatever is the next largest bead you have. Take those beads and … Fill in the gaps! Place one in between each of your starting beads.





Now, pick a third type of bead and go ahead and fill in THOSE gaps. Again, if you’re not sure which one to pick next, simply go with the next largest bead that you have left.




As we start to use smaller beads, or even as we get further along in the design, we don’t have to fill every single gap if we don’t want to. In this image, I’ve started sprinkling in 4mm Swarovski Crystals (here, in Chrysolite Opal!) but only filling in the gaps on either side of the 8mm pearls. Experiment!





Now I’m using the 3mm Fire Polish beads to fill in some of the gaps. Some, not all. I’ve chosen to fill the gaps on either side of the Czech glass beads that are laid out in the design.




Here you can see my finished design laid out! Remember, you can always change and move things around – try different combinations! Nothing is set in stone (pun intended?) yet! However, take comfort in the fact that if you’re using a lovely color palette to begin with – you can’t go wrong. 😉






Start to string up your design. I recommend starting in the center and working your way out. Many times you will find that you laid out more beads than you actually need to complete your desired length.



Below you’ll see that I was able to get to the desired length of my bracelet without needing all of the beads. (The leftovers will make a great little matching pair of earrings!)

Finish up your bracelet with whatever clasp you prefer and you’re all done. A lovely, simple, balanced bracelet design (or make it longer – necklace!) with a design technique to take away some of the stress of a beginner beader. Enjoy!



Part 3: Czech Glass!

Next time you peruse your beads, think about the specific beads in your collection that truly stand out to you…the ones that make you just a little extra happy when you look at them. What about those beads makes you love them just a little bit more? I’m willing to bet it’s not so much the bead – but the FINISH! The same simple bead can be utterly transformed with various finishes currently available on the market. Today, in part 3 of our new blog mini-series, we’ll review Czech glass beads and just SOME of the amazing finishes that can be found coating them!

Here at Eureka Crystal Beads, we carry a huge selection of Czech glass! On our website we offer a variety of shapes and sizes in various colors that feature these lovely finishes. Below, in our third and final installment in this mini-series, I’ll review the many standard finishes you can expect to find on these lovely beads! Note: Often, more than one finish can be combined on the same bead!

AB ,


AB stands for Aurora Borealis, and whether a seed bead finish is “AB,” “Rainbow,” or “Iris,” they all have one aspect in common: an oil-slick rainbow effect that tends to pick up on whatever else it’s near and can become more or less intense depending on the color underneath it. This will usually cover one part of the bead.


Bronze These beads are coated with a bronze-gold glaze and baked.


Iris Metal Rainbow-type coating, usually found mainly on opaque beads




Slightly less than a matter surface, a frosted finish may resemble sea glass!


Opal If the glass is an Opal glass, it is generally milky and translucent. If it’s the finish that is Opal, the finish will give a bead a milky/pearly effect.


Opaque An opaque glass bead is one that is solid color throughout and that doesn’t let light pass through.


Luster This finish, which is a transparent glaze, provides a white shine to the outside of the bead.


Marea A gold/orange effect over part of a bead


Matte Matte surface beads lack any shiny surface. (When combined with an AB-type finish, they truly take on a beautiful depth!)


Metallic Coated in a metal-type finish that creates a highly reflective bead surface


Peacock A rainbow metallic finish, often with a blue/green tint


Pearl Opaque Luster coating giving the look of an actual pearl when applied over glass.


Satin – Soft dull or flat sheen A soft and hazy luminescent finish


Transparent A clear bead with or without color that allows all light to pass though.


Vitrail Silver/Iridescent finish on part of a bead, often with a bright orange/pink tint


New Year – New Daggers!

Dagger Beads are pressed glass beads in the shape of a spear. They come in 3 sizes: 6×3 mm, 10×3 mm and 16×5 mm. The largest 16×5 mm is made in one and a two hole version. Holes are drilled side to side at the narrow end.

Daggers can come in all different colors with all different designs and finishes. Recently, we have received some laser etched daggers. These will surely bring some attention to your pieces.

Daggers are versatile beads and can be used in a variety of beading projects. Here is a free easy daggers project!  Click the photo to download pattern.

We also have this free pattern that uses daggers. This one is little more challenging compared to the last one but anything is possible if you set your mind to it! (Click photo to download free pattern)



They can be used as spacers, or just hung as elegantly shaped, slim drops in earrings and necklaces. They are perfect for Kumihimo projects. Our customers use them in their projects all the time. These are some of our customer submissions.

Daggers can be utilized in beading in so many ways due to their variety in size, color and finishes. We offer one of the largest selections in the industry. We carry them in regular colors and in many surface enhancing finishes like picasso, luster and peacock. Shop all our daggers here!



Dancing Duo Bracelets

Hi Everyone! We’ve been promising you this tutorial and here it is! These bracelets are easy to make and fun to wear. The bracelets featured here consist of Super Duos but you can use any Czech glass bead or bead of your choice. Keep in mind that some beads are more difficult to work with. However, you will be extremely pleased with the end result! Happy Beading!


Supplies needed: 11° SB (seed bead)

SD(super duo)

6 lb Fireline size

size 11 or 12 beading needle

*check Super Duos to make sure both holes are open before beginning*

  1. To help learn the stitch; at the beginning of each row, I pull out 3 sead beads and 3 Super Duos. Once all 3 SB and 3 SD are used, you will know it’s the end of your row. The first two rows are difficult but after that it gets much easier. Hang in there!


2. Begin by stringing a stop bead leaving an 8″ tail. Then string an 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD. Slide down to the stop bead.


3. Beginning row 2: Go through the empty hole of the SD that is closest to your needle.


4a. Pick up a SB and SD and pass through the next SB of row 1. Pull to tighten.


4b. Pass through the empty hole of the next SD and pull thread to tighten. I usually anchor row 1 beads by pressing against the mat with my finger while I pull to keep in proper order. This is the most difficult part of the whole bracelet; making sure your beads are in the right order. If your beads come off the mat, it’s easy to lose your place.


5. Pick up a new SB and SD


and go into the next set of beads in row 1. Starting with a seed bead


And continuing through the empty hole of the next SD.


6. Pick-up another SB and SD


and go through the SB next to the stop bead (silver bead at the end).


Row 2 is complete. This is what row 1 and 2 look like. The hardest part is over. Good Job!


7. You are starting the 3rd row. You will repeat row 3 for the duration of the bracelet.      Go through the empty hole of the last SD used. Set out 3 SB and 3 SD.

At the beginning of the row go through the empty hole of the SD of the previous row.



7b. Pick up a SB and SD,  go through the next SB and SD of the previous row.DSC00078

7c. Pick-up a SB and SD. Go through the next SB and the empty hole of the next SD in the previous row.


7d. Pick-up SB and SD. Go through the last SB of the previous row. Pull to tighten. Row 3 is complete. Repeat this row until you achieve the desired length of the bracelet. Allow room for the clasp.


10. Repeat row 3! Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! It get’s easier with each row. The hard part is over! The results are well worth it!


In the beginning try Super Duos or Two hole lentils. You will be happy with the results. You can change the width of the row by adding an extra set beads in row 1. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Kits will be available soon. Send us pictures of your bracelet or submit your finished work to be featured on our website.


Meet Michelle – new jewelry designer at Eureka Crystal Beads

Hello Beaders!


I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Michelle Whitman and I am the new Head Designer at Eureka Crystal Beads. I’ve been working in the Jewelry Industry for over 30 years making product for Nationally known large boutique store chains. I guess you could say that I have a real passion for the craft of jewelry making. But my love affair for Toho, Czech glass and Swarovski Crystal started when I was pregnant and my doctor took me out of work because I was having difficulties. Naturally I gravitated to the local bead store to keep myself occupied. There I started attending the classes and developed skills and techniques that I’ll be sharing with you in future blogs and posts. Today I see so many new options for beading creations like Ava Beads, 3-hole Cali Beads and Tinos par Puca Czech Glass Beads. So stay tuned and be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or subscribe to our YouTube channel and we’ll have a great time creating treasure for ourselves and our loved ones.

You will  “bead your heart out”!

3-hole Czech Glass Ava beads and 3-hole Czech Glass Cali Beads

Short time ago we were adding 3-hole Arcos par Puca beads and 3-hole Beam beads to our stock wondering if any more of 3-hole bead shapes could be coming in the future. We didn’t have to wait long. Our newest additions are 3-hole Ava beads and 3-hole Cali beads which expanded our 3-hole glass bead category to four uniquely shaped beads.


3-hole Czech Glass AVA beads have a unique “V” shape. One hole is placed at the base of the “V” and the other two go through the two arms of the bead. Ava beads are hand-pressed glass beads. They measure 10×4 mm and are about 3 mm thick. They have large holes, which will easily accommodate multiple passes of stringing material.


Cali beads are marquise-shaped with three evenly spaced parallel holes placed about 2 mm apart. Their marquise, or navette shape allows for creating curvatures and tapered edges in beaded designs. You can use them in elaborated bead weaving as well as in simple stringing projects as spacers.

Designs with Cali and Ava beads:


Beads on the move – Eureka Crystal Beads has a new home

After many months of search for a perfect place Eureka Crystal Beads has finally moved to a new home. Our new address is: 1005 Main Street suite 112, Pawtucket, RI 02865. We are located now in the Hope Artiste Village. Hope Artiste Village is one of the largest mill restoration projects in Rhode Island. It is a hub of cultural activity. The Village hosts a mix of art studios, lofts, retail shops, light industrial workshops, high tech and internet companies and professional office suites. It boasts cafes, a coffee roaster, a live music venue, fitness studios, designers, artisans, event spaces and a bustling wintertime farmer’s market.

Moving our large inventory and setting up a new place, while we continue shipping your bead orders, is quite a challenge but don’t worry, your bead shipments continue going out in a timely manner.

To celebrate our move, which is directly related to Eureka Crystal Beads unprecedented growth, we have put our Czech Glass Beads and Toho Japanese Seed Beads on sale. It is a limited time sale so if you have not taken advantage of it yet please go to our website now otherwise you may miss it.

We move, you save!

Buy now and take some load off our hands. It is a win-win! You cannot even imagine how heavy these Czech Glass Beads and Japanese Seed Beads are.


moving out



moving in

You are welcome to visit when we set up Eureka Crystal Beads showroom. Hope Artiste Village is a cool place. We have a coffee roaster with a coffee shop right next door and a restaurant and a pub down the hallway.

Your response to the moving sale has been phenomenal. Some of the items are already out of stock and will be restocked with a slight delay. Please enter your e-mail in the “notify me” field to be the first one to know that the item is back in stock.

Japanese Delicas and Tulip needles will soon be added to our offering.

Thank you for your support.

Your dedicated Eureka Crystal Beads team.

New Czech PRONG Beads and new CzechMates: 3-hole BEAM beads & 2-hole CABOCHON beads

January is a busy month for beading. We are all trying to get ready for the next season, Tucson show starts at the end of the month and, as almost every year at this time, we are anxiously waiting for the launch of the new glass beads from the Czech Republic. It seems like there is no end to the ingenuity of the Czech bead-masters. This year we’ll soon be able to play with CzechMates 3-hole Beam Beads, CzechMates 2-hole Cabochons and Prong Beads.


CzechMates 3-hole Beams look like stretched 2-hole Bars with a third hole added in the middle. 3-hole beams are 10×3 mm in size. They can be used as spacers or with other beads as linking components . Free patterns for all three shapes are already available on our site, so please check out free patterns.

CzechMates 2-hole Cabochons are flat at the bottom and have a domed top. These beads were first offered for a pre-sale as 6mm Cabochons and then while we were all waiting for the delivery Czech manufacturer reclassified them as 7mm. Their actual size is 6.5mm so be careful not to confuse them with 2-hole Cabochons which look identical but are smaller and measure exactly 6mm. The size difference when you compare both Cabochons is quite dramatic.

Prong Beads look like a shark’s tooth and measure 6×3 mm. They have only one hole and can be used individually as small drops or in bead-weaving patterns.

All three new Czech bead shapes are available now in a large assortment of colors on Eureka Crystal Beads website.





TOHO Beads wholesale to the public

Eureka Crystal Beads an Authorized Swarovski Reseller is also a leading distributor of Czech Glass Beads and TOHO Japanese Seed Beads. We have recently expanded wholesale section on our website. We sell at very low prices directly to the public. If you are interested in larger quantities of TOHO or Swarovski please visit us at and see what we have to offer:


You should also know that all wholesale orders are shipped free of charge within the USA if their value is over $35 .

We frequently offer discount coupons and specials, but they don’t apply to Wholesale/Bulk quantities since prices here are already rock bottom.

Should you be interested in Round Swarovski Crystal Pearls Eureka Crystal Beads has all of them at the lowest prices anywhere.


We deliver value!



New Czech Glass Beads Arcos® Par Puca and Minos® par Puca are coming to Eureka Crystal Beads soon!

We have just posted about new two shapes of Czech glass beads. Many of you were wondering when they would be available. They will be available very soon, we have already received them and will be adding them to our online store in the next few days.


We will be announcing the winner of our Swarovski Rivolis giveaway on Tuesday May 31. If you have not entered yet go to Eureka Crystal Beads facebook page and join other beaders.



We will be shipping all pre-orders for TOHO Demi beads next week…


…and finally we will be announcing a new fantastic giveaway on Friday June 3rd.

So please stay tuned!