PRECIOSA ORNELA is the manufacturer of the widest range of glass seed beads in the world. One of the most popular color decorations is Solgel. This involves a color range of up to thirty shades in three various levels of opaqueness.
Most of these beads were made of glass, but some were made of metal, usually aluminum or steel, and often cut in what is known as “three-cut” faceting; these are popularly known as steel cuts.
Zásada is located in the region of Jablonec nad Nissou, the epicenter of Czech glassmaking. From this village, Czech glassmakers first expanded their trade, exporting glass beads around the world. Today, Czech glass is primarily produced by the renowned manufacturer Preciosa in high-tech, industrialized bead factories.
Fire Polished Beads are created by hand at the factory Preciosa in the Czech Republic. The beads are machine faceted then heated so the edges are smoothed to a shine, hence the name ” Fire Polish “.
Delica beads have long been the most popular seed beads for bead -weaving because of their precise size, shape, and consistent hole size.
TOHO seed beads are precision-made Japanese seed beads that are among some of the finest in the world. The color and size consistency of TOHO beads makes bead weaving, looming, and stringing projects easy and beautiful every time.
Miyuki & Toho beads are a bit more rounded, with large holes. Matsuno beads tend to be taller (hole to hole) than they are around which makes them look a bit cylindrical.
THE RESULTS: MIYUKI GALVANIZED COATINGS The Galvanized seed beads have almost completely lost their color . flaking off or completely off all the beads . The color did hold up better in areas where there was less chance for beads to rub against each other or my skin.
Miyuki Delica Beads are extremely uniform glass cylinder beads which come in four sizes and a multitude of colors and finishes. They are often used in off-loom bead weaving techniques as well as tapestry loom work.
Czech glass beads are made from pressed, fire-polished glass . Two terms are important in understanding Czech glass beads . The first is pressed glass . Artisans create these beads by taking heated glass and pressing it into a mold. The glass , since it is so hot, takes the shape of the mold.
Picasso . A luster coating that appears more speckled and spotty; giving beads a natural, earthy appearance. The color can vary from light yellow to dark brown with underlying color variations. Some base bead colors, such as opaque beige, blue, or white allow the picasso finish to take on a raku pottery look.
Glass beads are made of silica and other minerals melted at a high temperature to form a thick, viscous liquid. The liquid is molded into the desired shape and hardens as it cools.
Using a household glass cleaner spray sparingly a few beads at a time and using a soft absorbent cloth wipe the cleaner off the beads . Keep spraying the cleaner on a few of the beads at a time until all the beads are polished .
Faceted beads are beads with many flattened edges done in such a way to make it look like a cut gemstone. Faceted beads can be any material, theoretically, but they tend to be made of either amber, stone (including gemstones), or glass.