Category Archives: Inspiration

New Saturated Metallic Colors in Czech Glass Beads

We have just received Czech Glass Beads in Saturated Metallic finish. These colors are very happy, bright summer colors and will certainly add warmth to your designs. The most recent addition are Czech Glass Prong Beads in an extensive color palette ranging from Lapis Blue Saturated Metallic to Primrose Yellow Saturated Metallic.

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Druk Beads are now available in new Saturated Metallic colors as well as Firepolish beads in sizes 2 and 3 mm. Firepolish beads are available at bulk/wholesale price so you don’t have to worry about missing a sale. Coupons don’t apply and a rock-bottom price is guaranteed every day.

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We have also received new colors in always popular 2-hole Crescents Czech Glass Beads. See if you could use Island Paradise Saturated Metallic, Kale Saturated Metallic or Hazelnut Saturated Metallic for your newest designs.

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Recently we have sold out of many colors in Gem Duo beads. We will be getting more of these Czech beads soon. We were able to restock some of the colors already so go to our website to see what is available.

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And as always keep in mind that our extensive selection of free patterns for shapes of beads featured above is available to you at any time and purchase is not required.

 

 

Traditional Pearls Are Hip Again!

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We all know (and love!) the simple but classic elegance of a string of pearls. And what’s lovelier than getting that pearl feel and quality by using Swarovski crystal pearls?

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But take a look at runways from New York to Paris to Milan and you will find pearls paired in ways that are anything but traditional.

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Anyone who has been keeping their eye on the fashion scene would have noticed the pearl creeping back in over the last few seasons as young jewelry designers place them in unexpected places such as ear cuffs and pair them with unusual materials.

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This winter, however, you are increasingly going to be seeing the democratization of that classic pearl strand as everyday street wear. Designers are pairing this classic element with denim patches, military jackets and the sports sweaters that are so very now.

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This is a great time to dig out your old pearl necklaces or construct a new heirloom of your very own using our beautiful and versatile Swarovski crystal pearls! Adding a simple pearl necklace to your outfit is the best way to look fashionable today.

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CzechMates, 2-hole Czech Glass Beads opening the most recent chapter in Bohemian glass making history…

I have been beading for a while and more I bead more I am getting hooked on this absolutely amazing hobby. I love Czech Glass Beads, all CzechMates, SuperDuos,  2-hole Silky and new 2-Hole Honeycomb beads. Recently I have made Honeycomb Beezzzz Bracelet, designed by Akke Jonkhof. I made it in several colors and  I absolutely love these bracelets. They are very easy to make and very comfortable to wear, and of course make a great gift.

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Aren’t these 2-hole Honeycomb beads adorable. They are also quite affordable. Click on a banner above to see the entire selection.

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Honeycomb Beezzzz Bracelet by Akke Jonkhof

A free pattern is available for a download at Eureka Crystal Beads.

In between my beading I started reading about the history of glass making in the Czech Republic, I was fascinated, not only does it explain the common looks, colors and finishes of the Czech beads that we know and love, but how they came to be.

Czech glass, also known as Bohemian glass or Bohemian crystal, is a decorative glass made in Bohemia and Silesia as far back as the early Bronze Age.

There, in early middle ages, Bohemian glass workers discovered that combining the naturally occurring potash (potassium carbonate) with chalk created a very clear, colorless glass that was of much better quality than the glass being made in Venice, another traditional glass-making center.

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During a period of industrial revolution, Bohemia became specialized in the creation of Pressed Glass and Firepolish beads. Pressed Glass beads are made by pressing molten glass into a ready mold, leading to the vast variety of shapes available. The most popular are Czech Glass Leaves, Rose Petals, Czech Glass Bell & Trumpet Flowers.

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Czech glass Firepolish beads on sale are made from round pressed beads (druks) and then have facets cut into them by a grinding wheel, they are then heated in special ovens in order to smooth out edges, giving them distinctive brilliance and shine. Get them from Eureka Crystal Beads. Shipping is fast and free – and now you can get them in bulk at a very low, wholesale price.

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Firepolish beads have been the most popular beads for a long time. They are still popular and Eurekas’ best sellers. Recently however the entire beading industry has been dominated by a new development – Czech beads with multiple holes. There is a large number of shapes and colors available in Czech Glass 2-hole Beads, and  two styles in 4-hole beads called QuadraLentils and QuadraTiles.

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See 2-hole Silky Beads BEADING DESIGN INSPIRATIONS FOR 2-HOLE SILKY BEADS

See Eureka Crystal Beads for the largest selection of Czech Beads…don’t forget to visit free beading patterns for 2-hole czech glass beads, you may like more than the one featured above.

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“bead your heart out”

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Kheops Puca Free Beading Project – Cleopatra Bracelet – Puca Beads 25% sale

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week.  I know for some of you out there you are getting your kids ready to go back to school or they are already back in school. Woohoo! This means more time to bead and shop for beads.  And we can always use more time for both of these. So, check out our website Eureka Crystal Beads for free patterns, beads, and kits to help you out.

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Also, I wanted to let you know that I picked a bracelet name.  It will be called The Cleopatra Bracelet.  Amy from Baltimore, MD came up with the name.  The runners up names were Sharknado by Sarah and Earth…Sky…Water by Jenny.   Thank you all for sending in names for the bracelet.  They were all very good names.  It was really hard to pick just one.  I hope you all enjoy the Cleopatra Bracelet.  You can find it on our website Eurekacrystalbeads.com.  And it is free.  Also, you can find all the materials on our website for the bracelet.  Until next time…Bead Your Heart Out!

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Cleopatra Bracelet

Czech Kheops Par Puca Bracelet: Free Project

Hi everyone! As promised, I am doing a free project for my post.  It is done with the new Czech Kheops Par Puca beads.  These beads aren’t as easy to use as I thought they would be but it definitely was fun.  It took me awhile to come up with a project that  I liked because the holes run parallel with each other, and parallel with the top point on the bead. So, you really need to think about how you are going to weave with them without showing your thread.  Don’t get discouraged with them.  Try my project to get the feel for them, then do your own project.

So, Let’s get started!  Everything that is used in the bracelet can be found on our website www.Eurekacrystabeads.com. Here is the material list:

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46– Czech Kheops Par Puca Beads

Size 15 Seed Bead

442mm True Cut Firepolish Beads

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Step 1– Take your needle and thread it with a wingspan of fireline plus 12″.  Place a stop bead 12″ from the bottom of your thread.

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step 2Step 2– Pick up a Kheops bead, a size 15, a kheops bead, 7 size 15 seed beads and go down through the next hole on the last kheops bead picked up.

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Step 3–  Pick up a size 15 seed bead and go down through the right hole on the kheops bead right below where you are coming out of.

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Step 4– Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go up through the first hole on this kheops bead.  Then weave up through the size 15, top kheops bead left hole, 7 size 15 seed beads, then down through the top kheops bead right hole, size 15 seed bead, and bottom kheops bead right hole. This puts you in position to add the next set of kheops beads.

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Step 5–  Pick up a 2mm firepolish bead, kheops bead, size 15 seed bead, kheops bead, 2mm firepolish bead and go down through the top kheops bead from the first set using the right hole, size 15 seed bead, bottom kheops right side hole from the first set.  Then weave through the 2mm firepolish bead, up through the bottom kheops bead left hole second set, size 15 seed bead and the top kheops bead left hole.

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Step 6–  Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go down through the next hole on the kheops bead you are coming out of.

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Step 7–  Pick up a size 15 seed bead and go down through the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 8–  Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go up through the bottom kheops bead left hole.  Then weave to come out the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 9–  Repeat steps 5-8 until you reach your desired length.  I usually like it to almost touch before I add my clasp. Have your thread come out of the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 10–  Pick up 2 size 15 seed beads and go down through your clasp on one side.

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Step 11– Pick up 2 more size 15 seed beads and go up through the same hole of the kheops bead that you are coming out of, the size 15 seed bead and the top kheops bead right hole.

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Step 12– Pick up 2 size 15 seed beads and go up through the same clasp hole  previously used.

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Step 13–  Then pick up 2 more size 15 seed beads and go back through the same kheops bead hole that you are coming out of, the size 15 seed bead, and the bottom kheops bead right hole.

Step 14–  Retrace your clasp thread path one more time to strengthen your join.  Then weave into your work and do a couple of half hitch knots.  Then trim.

Step 15– Repeat steps 10-14 on the other end of the bracelet.

Enjoy!

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I hope you really enjoy this pattern.  I know I was supposed to make earrings but sometimes things change when you are designing.  I still want to use some of the other things I received from Eureka Crystal Beads.  But, until I do, I will  be checking out some of the new beads just added. Like, the new silky beads, melon beads in 2 sizes, rondelles and more!  Until next time, Bead your heart out!-Eureka!

Marie Antoinette Earrings

These elegant Swarovski Crystal earrings were designed by Val Hirata and were inspired by the look and style of Marie Antoinette, the queen of France. Some of  the components you may already have in your bead stash. For the ones you still need to get visit Eureka Crystal Beads’ free beading projects page. You may download free instructions of  Marie Antoinette Earrings from the project’s page.

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Described by many as “likeable and honest” princess,  Marie-Antoinette, was married to the future king of France Louis XVI when she was just 15 years old. The future king was only 16.

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The young couple soon came to symbolize all of the excesses of the reviled French monarchy, and Marie Antoinette herself became the target of a great deal of vicious gossip. To this day she remains one of the most misunderstood and fascinating figures of the history of Versailles.

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As a queen she was marginalized and given very few official duties. She dedicated herself to the organisation of the court’s entertainments throwing lavish parties, socializing and indulging her extravagant tastes. She liked to wear stately dresses and fashionable jewelry.

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The queen progressively attracted the scorn of public opinion up to her tragic death during the French Revolution.

New Free Beading Pattern for Victory Bangle & Your Favorite Zipper Bracelet

We have recently added free beading patterns to our website. They are all available to you in a printed form.  Not surprisingly Zipper Bracelet by Anna Lindell is one of your favorites.

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Zipper Bracelet is easy to make, looks great and is very comfortable to wear. The zig-zag texture of its design adds eye-catching contrast and flair. Main beads needed to make this bracelet are Two Hole Czech Triangles, which you can find in our Czech Glass, CzechMates section. Base is made with 1.5 mm Toho Cubes. You will also need size 11 and size 15 Toho. For a full list of supplies click here.

You can make your own variations of this bracelet. In a green bracelet pictured above we have used 3 mm Toho Bugles (on top of Triangles), the gold one we have dressed up with a 3 mm Swarovski Bicone.

Both bracelets look fabulous. Personally we like the one with 3 mm Bicones better. Swarovski adds a little bit of sparkle and interest to this already exceptional design.

And here is another free bracelet pattern which takes 2-Hole Triangles. It is called Victory Bangle. This design by Nichole Starman starts with a strong foundation of Two Hole Bricks, which quickly works up to delicate yet edgy bands of Triangles. By the end you’ll have created a solid bangle with a texture and depth that is only possible with two hole czech beads.

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Now for only one day you can enjoy a fabulous 25% discount on our Two Hole Czech Triangle Beads. So use code THT25, get them now and save. Get your free pattern with an order and let your creative juices flow. Click on a banner below to shop. Only one day left!

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How to Use the 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

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For 2015, Pantone has announced the color of the year to be the earthy brick red tone, Marsala.

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According to Pantone “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

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This beautiful tone is rich and jewel-like and works in all styles.

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Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.

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Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors.

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An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging.

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A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.

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Jewelry in the marsala shade is going to be all the rage for 2015. Use Swarovski bicones in a variety of colors that fit with the marsala color family such as this custom coated Light Siam Volcano crystal beads.

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Combine marsala with bright cool colors such as green and blue such as in this necklace below.

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See how this Red Umber Czech beads combine with Turquoise Opaque AB beads.

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What do you think of the color of the year? Is it a winner or not so much? Let us know in the comments!

Ring in the New Year with Beautiful Beaded Jewelry.

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Add some rainbow sparkle and edgy style to your New Year’s Eve outfit with a beautiful necklace made of Swarovski rivolis in beautiful and vibrant hues such as Peacock, Helio and Aqua Electra.

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Rivolis are perfect for adding sparkle and bold colors to any necklace and especially perfect for big events like New Year’s Eve.

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Take a plain little black dress and dress it up with this gorgeous Swarovski rivoli and seed bead necklace for a huge impact.

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Combine Swarovski Crystal with Swarovski Pearls for a classically beautiful look that can be both classy and sophisticated as well as with edgy style paired with bold makeup and unique hairstyles.

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Combine various kinds of jewelry in layers for a very sophisticated NYE style.

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There are so many ways to add beautiful sparkle to your New Years style, whether with necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings.

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Or even outside the box jewelry style such as gorgeous headpieces covered with crystals.

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With all these gorgeous ideas, you’re bound to find something that suits your taste and your New Year’s Eve style! Enjoy the new year and all the best to everyone for a fun, safe and healthy 2015 from all of us at Eureka Crystal Beads!

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Happy New Year!

Fourth of July Americana Jewelry Designs

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, we’ve put together a super simple patriotic jewelry set that is fast and easy to make and even more fun to wear!

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For the Americana earrings, take a pair of fishhook earwires, 8 Swarovski Red Coral Pearls in 6mm, 4 Ivory Pearls also in 6mm and 2 Lapis Pearls in 10mm. Use headpins and jump rings to put it all together.

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For the Americana Bracelet, we used Beadalon Memory Wire (just measure it out so that it wraps around your wrist 3 times), 42 pieces of 6mm Red Coral Swarovski Pearls, 32 pieces of Swarovski Ivory Pearls, and 11 pieces of 10mm Swarovski Pearls in Lapis. Thread the wire alternating the red and white and adding the blue beads occasionally. Make a couple of dangly clusters to finish each end of the bracelet and you’re done!