Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Newest Beading Addiction: Czech Glass Beads

I have been busy this week beading several new pairs of vintage style earrings after finding some really interesting and pretty Czech glass beads.  These beads can be addictive to work with because of the incredible assortment of styles, colors and finishes available.  I order my beads from various vendors and I really never know for sure whether I'm going to like the beads until they arrive - but every single one of these beads turned out to be spectacular and I could not wait to start beading with them.

Temptation Glass Garnet Earrings:  These glass garnets are simply too tempting to resist!  I beaded these earrings with deep garnet Czech glass beads dangling from antiqued brass chain and earring wires.  Accented with antiqued gold Heishi beads and bead caps.  Faceted rondelle Czech beads are 14mm size.  Drop is 2 inches.

Picasso Purple Amethyst Earrings:  These vintage style earrings are prettily beaded in purple and sterling silver,  Faceted Czech glass rondelle beads are an eclectic combination of pinks, purples and white.  They have a picasso finish giving them a beautiful marbled stone appearance.  The faceted edges allow the light to dance and reflect off of them - they measure 9x6mm.  Round amethyst gemstone beads sit atop the Czech glass rondelles and small amethyst Swarovski crystals dangle beneath them.  Accented with antiqued silver Heishi beads and bead caps.  Bright sterling silver kidney shaped earring wires.  Drop is 2 inches.

Celestial Blue Vintage Style Earrings:  I beaded these Celestial Blue dangle earrings using pretty blue Czech gire polished rondelle beads.  These faceted opaque beads are a soft tranquil light blue - but their faceted edges contrast beautifully with the soft color as they allow the light to reflect and dance off of them.  Small round cloud white Cats Eye beads add to the celestial appearance.  To give these earrings a Victorian and vintage style appeal, I used oxidized antiqued sterling silver earring wires along with antiqued silver plated Heishi beads and bead caps.  Gunmetal eye pins and jump rings complete the vintage style charm.  Drop is 2 inches.  Blue rondelle glass beads measure 9x6mm.  Cats eye beads are 4mm.

Glass garnet rondelle, Picasso purple, and celestial blue czech beads are all from ShipwreckBeads.

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For explanation and descriptions about Czech glass and other types of beads, click here.

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