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GLASS BEADS

GLASS BEADS

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2-HOLE

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ANGEL WINGS

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Glass Angel Wings Beads in 15mm and 10mm sizes.

ANIMALS

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 BICONES

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These pressed glass beads from the Czech Republic are called "bi-cones" or "double pyramids". 

 

CATHEDRAL

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There are many variations of Cathedral Beads (sometimes called Window or Window Pane beads).   These come in many sizes and different shapes.    There are many styles of faceting.    The tips of the beads may be finished off in different colors, or with different textures.

These fire polished cathedral beads are very popular in bracelets, necklaces and rosaries.

We have sorted our selection by Style, Shape, and Tip Color.   An "Antique Style"  has define-able tips of a different color than the bead as a whole.    Where no color is stated below, the tip is a diffused or mottled color, usually a greenish-gray, but sometimes it comes as a different coloration -- we have no control over this.   A "German Style" has no separately define-able tips; the beads are one color throughout.  

The shapes we cover are octagon, triangle, and oval. 

CELESTIAL

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CHINESE

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Also see Oriental Beads under CERAMICS and METALS

 

 

 

CHINESE LAMPWORK 

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Lampwork and Hand Blown beads and pendant pieces from China are very stylish, and imitate many popular American lampwork bead styles. These are much less expensive than their American counterparts. The differences between the Chinese copy and the American original are many, and include differences in artististry and fine craftsmanship in the details, and durability. However, there is a considerable price difference, as well. The Chinese copy might sell between $1.00 and $2.00, and the American original might sell between $15.00 and $45.00.

 

NOTE: These are handmade, and there will be some slight color and size variations from bead to bead.

 

 

CHRISTMAS

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"Xmas" has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, 
where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of , "Christ." 
In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, "Christian." 
[Mid-16th century. X represents the Greek letter CHI, an 
abbreviation of Greek Khristos "Christ."] 

 

CHUNKY CZECH

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These unusal pressed glass beads come from the Czech Republic.    Note that the availability of various colors and styles fluctuates widely, especially for the more specialized designs.

CINNAMON BUN

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CONE

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CROSS

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CROW

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Glass Crow beads, and similar Glass Roller Beads and Metalized Plastic Crow Beads, are either 9mm (with a "3.1mm" hole) or 6mm (with 2.1mm hole) beads with large holes that will easily slip 2mm leather.  These are widely used in Native American jewelry, as well as hair-wrapping, and to make fun projects like Beadie Babies.  

Crow beads are being phased out of production in the Czech Republic.  As long as we can find distributors with crow beads in their inventory, we will continue to provide them to our customers.

Roller beads are taking the place of crow beads.  They are about twice the cost, but still an inexpensive bead.   They come in transparent, lined, effects, opaque, metalized and more styles and finishes either in the lining of the bead, or applied to the outside of the bead.  

Metalized plastic crow beads are opaque with metal finishes.

Plastic beads of similar shape, size (9mm) and hole size are called pony beads.  Glass "pony beads", however, are something completely different -- smaller in size and hole and with a very different "feel" about them.

CUBE

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Three-dimensional, square beads are great beads to use in constructing beaded jewelry.  Because of their shape, they offset and complement round beads.  Their use in a piece often serves to make more centerpiece beads stand out even more. 

DICHROIC

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Dichroic glass is handmade by layering glass on top of each other to give an exciting and vivid effect of color and form.  Each bead is hand-made, so sizes and designs are approximate.    

Typically, a layer of dichroic glass is fused over either black or clear glass, to create the effect. Sometimes, clear glass is fused over dichroic, to get a "color-inside" effect.

Read about:
Fused Glass: Some Terminology

DRUK RONDELLES

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Druk beads are smooth, roundish, plain-Jane beads made in the Czech Republic.  

Rondelles are saucer shaped.

DRUK ROUNDS

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Druk beads are smooth, roundish, plain-Jane beads made in the Czech Republic.  

 

 

Use druk round beads to make
the Martha Stewart Wreath

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EAST INDIAN LAMPWORK

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These glass beads are made by hand by a process called lampworking. Most are copies of famous lampwork beads made in Venice, Italy. Many are near exact copies. East Indian glass is very inexpensive. The tradeoff here, comes in durability. Lampworkers in India do not pay close attention to the annealing process. There are a few other craftsmanship issues. However, to achieve a full handmade look at a very affordable price, these east indian lampwork beads are very good values.

East Indian beads will slip 1mm cord, so are ideal for use with leather, hemp or hat pin stems.  [ There will usually be a small percentage of beads in any package that will not slip 1mm.]

EGYPTIAN

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FACES

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FIRE POLISH

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Fire-polish glass beads are made in the Czech Republic, and have at least one facet on them.  These glass beads are pressed in a mold, then machine faceted and polished.  The fire-polishing technique produces a scratch-resistant bead with slightly rounded facets.

Fire polish beads come in many shapes and varieties, including round, oval, teardrop, belly donut, fluted, renaissance, rosebud, bicone rondelle, rondelles, nuggets.

FLAT DISC, DIME, or COIN

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FLOWERS (SIDE TO SIDE DRILLED)

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FLOWERS (CENTER DRILLED)

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FLOWERS (HORIZONTAL DRILLED)

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Many artists uses these as "buttons" for button clasps.

 

 

 

FLOWER ROSE

(also known as "flowers under glass")

 

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These handmade Czech beads are some of the most popular beads in the store.  There is a core bead which is a dominant color with points of green and pink in the center to look like one or more roses.  Around this core bead is a polished layer of clear glass.  This clear glass gives the bead a very 3-dimensional, very mystical depth.

The colors from batch to batch vary widely, especially the purple (lavender to dark purple), the pink (very pink to very similar to the rose color), and the aqua (clearly aqua to mint green).   The purple is usually dark purple.   The pink and aqua are very variable.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

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GERMAN GLASS LETTER DISCS

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These flat glass disc beads are 6mm in diamete, and 2.5mm wider.  Their hole size is small, and is best suitable to tigertail.  The quality of these beads is not great, so we recommend that you order more than you need.

Available:  A-Z, blank  

 

 

HEARTS

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HEXAGON

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LEAVES (HORIZONTAL DRILLED)

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LEAVES (VERTICAL DRILLED)

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MILIFIORI AND CANE

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MOOD

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INSPIRED BY MOOD JEWELRY OF THE 1960S & '70S THESE THERMO-SENSITIVE LIQUID CRYSTAL BEADS CHANGE COLOR AS YOU WEAR THEM. MIRAGE BEADSTM ARE THERMO-SENSITIVE AND CONTINUOUSLY CHANGE COLOR WITH SUBTLE TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS RANGING FROM BLACK (WHEN IN THE FREEZER) THROUGH ALL THE HUES OF THE RAINBOW. LIKE LIFE ITSELF MIRAGE BEADS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING AND MYSTERIOUS! THESE BEAUTIFULLY TRANSLUCENT BEADS ARE SOLD BY THE STRAND. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH THEY ARE VERY DURABLE THESE BEADS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMERGED IN WATER. 

NOVELTY


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Including dice, dominoes, happy faces, fabrege eggs, and more...

 

 

OVAL

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PETALS

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PICASSO

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Picasso beads have a goldstone marbling or mottling; that is, they have streaks of gold color running randomly through them.   Their color is a bit off-center. For example, the white has a strong underlying pink tone.  The Brown is very mustard gold. The Yellow is a greenish-yellow, and gets yellow-er over time.  The red is very red-orange. The pink very salmon.    The color varies widely from batch to batch, especially the greens.    The white fades in sunlight, making the color go from a very pinkish to a white.   The pink color is more expensive than the other colors.

PROPELLER

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These propeller-shaped glass beads have are center-drilled

RECTANGLES

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ROLLER BEADS

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Glass Crow beads, and similar Glass Roller Beads and Metalized Plastic Crow Beads, are either 9mm (with a "3.1mm" hole) or 6mm (with 2.1mm hole) beads with large holes that will easily slip 2mm leather.  These are widely used in Native American jewelry, as well as hair-wrapping, and to make fun projects like Beadie Babies.  

 

Crow beads are being phased out of production in the Czech Republic.  As long as we can find distributors with crow beads in their inventory, we will continue to provide them to our customers.

 

Roller beads are taking the place of crow beads.  They are about twice the cost, but still an inexpensive bead.   They come in transparent, lined, effects, opaque, metalized and more styles and finishes either in the lining of the bead, or applied to the outside of the bead.  

 

Metalized plastic crow beads are opaque with metal finishes.

 

Plastic beads of similar shape, size (9mm) and hole size are called pony beads.  Glass "pony beads", however, are something completely different -- smaller in size and hole and with a very different "feel" about them.

 

ROSEBUDS

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These 6mm glass beads have a rosebud design.  Several colors are available.   

SATINA (also known as ATLAS beads)

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Satina beads are Czech, fire polish beads that are tubular and 5 sided.  They are very popular in the store, especially the 6x6mm size and the jet/ab color finish.  In most cases, but not all, the hole on the 6x6mm and larger beads can be forced onto a 1mm leather cord. 

 

SHELL

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SKULLS & SKELETONS

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SQUARES

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STARS

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TEARDROPS

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TILE

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NOTE: These beads are no longer in production. As supplies of particular colors run out, that's it. It usually takes many years for supplies to run out, but the more popular colors will disappear. As of 10/15/04, black and red are no longer available.

 

Tile beads are made from sheets of glass or ceramic.  These sheets are rolled over a round shape, the ends fused together.  Then these rolled sheets are sliced.  There are different types of tile beads made in many countries in the world.  Right now, we have tile beads from the Czech Republic.

 

Czech glass tile beads are very simple, basic, thin walls of glass with a large opening that easily slips 2mm leather.  The colors are shiny and very consistent within each bead and from bead to bead.   The 5-6mm beads have a large opening that will slip 1mm leather.  

 

These Tile Beads are no longer produced in the Czech Republic. As our suppliers run out of colors, that will be all that there is. The colors "black, red, and brown" are no longer available. White is near its end. Click the TILE BEADS link to pull up the price/availability sheets.

 

TRIANGLE

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TUBES

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WINDOWPANE (also called "Hand Cuts" or "Beveled Glass")

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Window Pane Beads (or "Hand-Cuts" or "Table-Cuts") are reproductions and modern interpretations of classic vintage glass beads made in East Germany in the early part of the 20th century.

 

These pressed glass beads have beveled edges, often frosted.    They work well as pendants, or as part of a string of beads in a necklace or bracelet.

 

The supply of these beautiful beads, unfortunately, is extremely variable.

 

NOTE:  Sometimes cathedral beads are also known as "window pane beads".

 

   

 



Glass beads
have been made for about 9,000 years.  They come in all shapes, colors, finishes, appearances.  For most of their history, glass beads were more than a craft, more than an art.  They were equivalent to money, and were traded.  

Most fancy glass beads and drops in these displays are from the Czech Republic.  Most often, these are pressed glass beads in many shapes, sizes and colors. We've tried to include a wide variety of beads here, including many wonderful 4-6mm rounds, ovals, faceted ovals and the like which can be used in many of your creative beading projects.

Land of Odds Bead Shop offers a wide selection of glass beads, from Austrian crystal to tile to cloisonne to Czech and East Indian.   Our newsletter, The ODDSIAN, offers charts about the number of beads by size of bead to the inch, as well as standard bracelet, anklet, choker, and necklace lengths for males and females.

Read about:
How Glass Beads Are Made
How Many Beads On A Strand
Typical Lengths of Necklaces, Bracelets, Anklets, Chokers
Murano Art Glass Traditions