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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



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”!

Toho Demi – New Japanese Seed Beads

For beaders around the world, the newest Toho seed bead shape, the Demi Round, is a whole new way to elevate your beading game. Using the most cutting edge technology while combining Eastern precision with Western aesthetics, the Demi seed bead is an instant classic shape that will swiftly become foundation for all kinds of jewelry designs. The versatility of this shape is matched only by its unique profile that allows for a denser look in all kinds of stitches. The Demi Round is a thinner version of the traditional round seed bead, but has the same hole size and diameter. The Toho Demi is similar to the very popular Czech Glass O-Bead, it has a large hole and a disc-like shape. It looks like parts of a regular seed bead have been carefully shaved off leaving a pristine rounded surface.

Toho Demi Round seed beads were developed by Toho, a well known Japanese seed bead manufacturer, in collaboration with Starman. The new bead shape is being launched today with great fanfare in the beading world but will only be available for purchase on June 1st, 2016 at

Toho Demi beads are available in two sizes: 8/0 and 11/0 and in a wide selection of colors.


The Demi works flawlessly with all of the popular stitches. Its versatile shape allows artists to create high definition designs with enhanced patterns and layouts.

Pre-order Demi Seed Beads from now and have them shipped on the official launch day – June 1, 2016 . Be the first one to have them!



Official launch day for Demi is June 1st. We are bound by agreements with our suppliers and cannot ship Demi before that date. You may pre-order them with us and we will ship them to you on June 1st. It is very easy. Our systems stores all the information as if you have placed a regular order. We allocate Demi for you and ship later. If you combine pre-ordered Demi and in-stock items in one order, in-stock items will be shipped to you immediately and the balance of your order, pre-ordered Demis will be shipped later!


Also we have in stock TOHO sale going on now. Ends May 22, 2016.

Use code TODE20

for in-stock TOHO only

Below is a color chart for the available colors of Demi Seed Beads. For more information, free patterns and to order this fabulous new style, Demi seed beads, go to .

Demi new Japanese seed beads color chart



For the newest Demi seed beads go to . Be the first one to try these fabulous beads. Free Demi beads patterns are available from Eureka Crystal Beads.


“bead your heart out”

Eureka Crystal Beads