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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”!


Ethnic Beading Summer Jewelry Trend

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We’re seeing more and more of this ethnic beading trend that’s sweeping runways and fashion blogs.

summer ethnics trend beading jewelryMixing and matching metal elements with a variety of opaque beads in layers is how to get this trendy new look.


Find unusual places to adorn with beaded jewelry such as fringed headpieces, feet and around the waist. Read more about foot jewelry here. Find our Beaded Barefoot Sandal Tutorial here.

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One element of this trend is Middle Eastern tribal inspired imagery such as this Moroccan Fantasy editorial or this Exotic Gypsy spread.

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Another has been African inspired motifs using bright, saturated colors like in traditional Maasai beading.

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Use seed beads like Japanese Toho seed beads or Czech Charlotte Cut seed beads to make bracelets and necklaces. Another thing that these small beads are perfect for is making fringe which is still going strong as a trend.

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Use larger beads such as Czech glass doughnuts or Firepolish beads to make chunkier styles of necklace.

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The perfect beads to create your own ethnic tribal beaded jewelry have a mix of bright colors and a picasso effect that gives them a natural looking finish such as these Gemstone Doughnuts above and below.

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Go with primary colors or choose a color palette such as cool blue green to make beautiful, on trend jewelry.

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To get a unique effect, use unusual bead shapes such as Slapjacks, NuggetsCarved Ovals or these Pear Shaped Drops below.

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The limit is your imagination!

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What is Czech Firepolish?

Firepolish beads from the Czech Republic are some of the most beautiful and versatile beading elements available. Also known as Czech Crystal or Bohemian Crystal beads, Firepolish beads have been a cottage industry in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic for centuries.

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Due to the unique mixture of elements in the local sand, this area became world renowned for the beauty and clarity of their glass work, leading to the term Bohemian Crystal. Over centuries, glass artists in this region have developed many techniques for creating the most beautiful glass beads.

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In addition to the innovations like Two Hole Beads, special finishes and coatings as well as beautiful color combinations, Czech bead makers invented the firepolish technique.

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Firepolish is a term used for beads that are faceted and highly polished. Round pressed glass beads are faceted roughly on grinding wheels, then these beads are hung in high temperature ovens which soften the glass, liquifying the surface just enough so that it becomes incredibly shiny.

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These gorgeous beads are some of the highest quality in the world and have been famous throughout history. They are still today considered an essential element for any serious jewelry maker or beader to have in their tool kit because of their versatility, affordability and beauty.

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Just look at these beautiful beads and try not to drool!

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