The Czech bead manufacturing industry has a long history and reputation for innovative beads. Best Beads is a Czech based retail and wholesale bead supplier which exports products from not just Preciosa Ornela - perhaps the best known Czech company - but also others.
|Red Button Macrame Bracelet with Pellet Beads|
Unusually shaped beads are fun to work especially if you can exploit their shapes. As these beads have waists, I realized round beads could sit very close to them with almost no gaps.
As you can see from my pellet bead fringe earrings, these beads do spin around to present different profiles. I made the wire support oval rather than round so the fringe flares out, curving in places and showcases these pellet beads.
|Pellet Bead Fringe Earrings|
I also used their ability to butt closely with other round beads in the next design - a wrapped cord and button bracelet. Most people use the same size bead all the way around. I had fun making a much more relaxed version.
A second advantage of pellet beads is to use those "waists" as channels. I created grouped components each of which involved 2 pellet beads and 2 6/0 seed beads. The outside linen cords I used in this simple square knotted bracelet with button closure sat in the channels :
|Linen cord macrame bracelet - no tightening|
I am sure there are more creative ways to utilize these pellet beads! Maybe you can think of others?
If you'd like to win the $50 worth of Czech beads from Best Beads to create your own awesome designs, If you can, also let us know which kind of Czech beads are your favorite!
Before You Go:
- Multi-patterned Leather Wrapped Bracelet Tutorial
- 3 Strand Shambala Bracelet Tutorial
- Great Wrapped Leather Bracelet Tutorials
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