Tag Archives: CzechMates

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.

hp-new-patterns

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.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

CzechMates are very popular but one-hole Czech Glass Beads are standing their ground

Seed-Beads-1-hole

Beading and the beading industry have been revolutionized by the introduction of two-hole and four-hole beads.  Most of us use them all the time and we continuously find new applications for them. Beading has become fascinating, challenging and more fun than ever. Using the same selection of  CzechMates, two beaders may arrive at designs so different that no-one will believe that they used the same components. Can you believe that  two years ago most of us didn’t even imagine two-hole beads? For some people adding a second hole to a bead was a blasphemy or a pure nonsense.

Czech-MatesCzech-Seed-Beads-cat2

And here we are in the fall of 2015 not being able to survive without CzechMates and treating them like they were here since the beginning of time. At Eureka Crystal Beads we carry an amazing selection of CzechMates and other two-hole beads. Superduos and their younger and smaller sisters MiniDuos are by far the most popular of all CzechMates, but other shapes like 2-hole Czech Glass Lentils, 2-hole Czech Glass Daggers, Kheops Puca, 2-hole Bars, 2-hole Triangles are not far behind. Despite the fact that two-hole beads have become a must have for every beader’s stash, one-hole beads are standing their ground.

designer-beads-sqNew Czech beads

Large hole O-Beads which are in fact large hole flat discs seem very plain and simple at first glance, but some artists already used them in absolutely gorgeous designs. My favorite O-Bead bracelet was featured in Beadwork Magazine.

o-bead-braceletO-Bead bracelet

New Czech glass Dagger seed beads look great as small drops and are a natural fit for Kumihimo. Kumihimo lovers embraced them and seem not to ever have enough of them.

SQ-Cat-MelonRizzoCzech glass Rizo beads are similar to Mini Daggers but are not tapered like the latter but have rounded ends and are fatter, looking like a grain of rice. Matubo and peanut shaped Farfalle are still very popular and some beaders who like to try different things tend to like more obscure seed beads like glass Pillow Beads, and Pinch Beads.

Eureka Crystal beads are candy to your eyes. We carry only the best quality beads in colors and finishes which will make your projects stand out. Go ahead and try a bead shape you’ve never worked with before and see where your imagination takes you!

now go to our site eurekacrystalbeads.com and start saving on one hole Czech seed beads and one hole Czech designer beads

bead your heart out

Eureka