Archive for April, 2011

Pressed Beads Production Secrets

26 Apr 2011

Bead Blog - Czech glass beads - Hearts

The pressed beads have appeared in the middle of the 19th century when the technical progress has invented pressing machines. Thanks to the production technology these beads have the identical size and shape.

The Manufacturing Process of the pressed beads is faster and productive than the production of Fire Polish Beads or Machine Cut Beads. In small workshops it begins with punching of beads in forms. Forms are fixed in pincers or in special cutting-and-molding machine. Throughout decades the machine was served manually. Beadmakers have started to use a drive from an electric motor only in the early 60’s. The master makes an aperture in a bead putting “the warmed up” bead on a metal core. Then glass is passed through the special form-press. After that the bead is polished to remove the seam which has remained from passing of glass through the press. Read more about Pressed Beads »

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Beads Shape, Colour And Coating Classification

11 Apr 2011

Czech Glass Bead - Spaghetti AmberThe basic types of beads are round, cylindrical and decorative beads  (tears, daggers, flowers, leaves, hearts, cubes, rectangles, drops, ovals etc.)  The beads can be made of opaque or transparent glass and may have brilliant or matt surface and various coatings: colors, rainbow, lustered, galvanized and other coatings. There are Czech glass beads with different holes treatment – the beads with round and square holes, silver and color lined beads. Read more about types of beads »

Czech Seed Glass Beads

08 Apr 2011

Beaded panelSeed beads are uniformly shaped  beads. Their  size varies from under a millimeter to several millimeters. Term “Seed Beads” is used for any small bead. They are generally used for embroidering on the cloth, braiding crochet with fiber or soft, flexible wire. They also may be used as spacers between other beads and natural stones in jewelry.

The most popular glass seed beads manufacturers are Czech Republic and Japan. The Japanese seed beads are more uniform in size, shape, and finish than Czech glass beads, but the Japanese make fewer styles. Read more about sead beads »

Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads

02 Apr 2011

Czech fire polished beads are beautiful faceted glass beads that have been made by Czech glass bead makers for hundreds of years and are still very popular today because of their high reflective brilliance and compatibility with other types of glass beads. Read more about fire polished beads »

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