Monday, March 17, 2014

Best Beads' $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway for Czech Beads

By on Monday, March 17, 2014 102 Comments

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
Ekaterina Pushkareva, the CEO of Best Beads says they "collaborate with G and B Beads, International Glass, Coralex Beads, PAS Jablonec, Lampglass and Matura Beads. Unfortunately they aren't so famous brends as Preciosa is. For example, Coralex Beads specializes in table cut beads and we buy those beads only at this company. Matura Beads is known as the Super Duo and lentil beads producer. G and B Beads offers various beads shapes, but most famous are piggy."  Please see my past post on piggy bead designs.

Ekaterina added, "You know, there are huge number of manufacturers in Jablonec nad Nisou. Sometimes I have a feeling, that beads are produced in every house in this city :)"  

One new product in Best Beads are the pellet beads.  Best Beads sent me some samples for review and asked what I can do with them. They look like tiny drums to me as they have nipped in waists!  The picture below shows their relative size to 11/0 and 8/0 seed 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
As these outside linen cords can slip out of the channels, I tightened the components by wrapping with some contrast red thread between the seed and pellet beads as you can see from the final design.  This bracelet is available in my shop - 100% of net proceeds will go to cancer research.



I am sure there are more creative ways to utilize these pellet beads!  Maybe you can think of others?

Giveaway
If you'd like to win the $50 worth of  Czech beads from Best Beads to create your own awesome designs,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.  If you can, also let us know which kind of Czech beads are your favorite!

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. 

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 24, 2014. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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102 comments:

  1. I. Would love to win this giveaway. My favorite beads are super duos and fire polished crystals.

    Dixie hamilton

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  2. LOVE Czech beads! What a fantastic give-away. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.
    spinningjenny57@hotmail.com
    http://thespiritualspider.blogspot.com/
    Bright Blessings, Jeannine Bakriges

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  3. These are too cool. I thought the piggy beads might be my favorite, but these would be a close second. Would love to win some beads to play with.

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  4. I'm a blog follower and love all your posts, giveaways, tutorials and interviews.

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  5. Oh I love fire polished beads,particularity bicones and teardrops. Nothing like czech glass beads that will make a piece feel luxurious

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  6. Please enter me in the Czech Beads Giveaway. I love working with these beads as they have lots of varied shapes, sizes and colors. I'm a subscriber and will do a shout out on your Facebook Page - so 3 entries I assume! Also, I love your blog, I read it daily and receive lots of inspiration. Thanks for all you do, Pearl. I especially like the tutorials (with your comments) and the giveaways. Thanks again for all you do, LouKYMom

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  7. Just tweeted about this post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/445545831811129345

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  8. I love all the new Czech shaped beads - Piggy, Superduo's, Twin Beads, Tile beads. It would be wonderful to win this giveaway. Louise

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  9. I love Czech beads! (: My favorites are the tried and true fire polish because they are so versatile. But I just ordered some super duos and I'm excited to use them in some bead weaving. I think the little hourglass ones have great potential too!

    I'm also a blog follower, and I'm off to give this post a shout out.

    Signed on with my blog:
    http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow! I would love to win them. With so many new kinds of beads coming out and being on a budget, i don't get to try them out as much as I'd like. I love the super duos but theses looks so cool and sleek.
    Patty Estes
    shuga217@gmail.com

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  11. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize. I am anxious to try the piggy beads! Honestly, I don't have a favorite bead...I love them all!
    You can tell with a walk through my Etsy store.

    dirktammy@hotmail.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbIntraJewelrystuff?ref=si_shop

    Tamera Davis

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  12. I love Czech beads, they are my absolute favorites.I don't favor a type, but a finish, picasso!

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  13. What a great giveaway! I love the twins/ super duos, but really want to try the O beads and the pellet beads!

    I am a blog subscriber

    Ellen C.

    elvetter01(at)gmaildotcom

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  14. I adore Czech beads. In fact, I am a junkie. I have no favorite in regards to shape, but I am smitten with Picasso finish for a rustic touch.

    marytown79(at)gmail.com

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  15. My favorite are the giant Picasso beads, anything fire polished but these unusual shaped ones look fun too :)

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  16. This is a wonderful giveaway!!!! I love superduo beads the best but would love to have a go at the piggy beads. I am a japanese seed bead user but would love to incorporate some czech into my designs!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

    Chillwthme@gmail.com

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  17. I like pressed and lampwork beads the most, but I actually use fire-polished faceted beads more, especially in metallic colors.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  18. I am a blog subscriber. Thank you for this giveaway !

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  19. So far, the only shaped beads I've used are SuperDuo/Twin & Tilas, but high up on my "to-do" list is exploring the possibilities with other shapes (pellets, lentils, spikes, piggies, etc.). There are so many ways they can be used, so there are no limits to the jewelry I can create from this wonderful giveaway. I live in France & am always happy to see giveaways that are international. :-)

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  20. Such pretty beads, I would love to win! I am also a blog subscriber. Thank you

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  21. What a great article. I like super duo's. The piggy beads are interesting.
    CryssT

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  22. I'm a novice beader and have no experience with the Czech beads. Winning the giveaway would give me a chance to start using them.

    wwiley233@gmail.com

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  23. I'm a big fan of the fire polished Czech beads I use them in just about everything I make. These pellet beads look interesting and it would be fun to include them into my projects. Thanks for the contest. Bead on :)

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  24. What cool new beads and a terrific idea. I'll have to check out the company. My favorite Czech beads are large Picasso's. I'm sharing on my blog and on fb. I'm a blog subscriber. Thx!

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  25. Love your uses of these new beads! My favorites are the flower-shaped beads and the faceted ab "gems."

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  26. Love your uses of these new beads! My favorites are the flower-shaped beads and the faceted ab "gems."

    I'm a blog subscriber, too.

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  27. Who can choose from so many beauties???? I do love fire polished though and unusual shapes.

    I am a blog subscriber.

    zanc@att.net

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  28. What fun little beads those are with the 'waist' to them Pearl! I love when companies come up with beads that are different shapes. It makes us use our brains more!

    Now that I've seen those beautiful coppery ones I'm off to design something with those in mind!

    Oh! Put me down anyway for the giveway Pearl! ;0)

    Aims @ bigbluebarn@gmail.com

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  29. I am a polymer clayer who loves to add beads to my creations, Czech beads are beautiful and attract attention. Thanks for having the contest! bfickle2010@yahoo.com

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  30. I would love to win so I can try new beads and make more beautiful jewelry. My favorite so far are crystal bicones because you can do so much with them and I love Super Duos also and if you visit my shop you will see lots of Czech beads in use
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllAboutJewelrybyJan

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  31. Wow! These beads look awesome! I do wire work and am ALWAYS looking for new types of beads to add to my projects! I would love to get my hands on these! I am living on a pension and have very little money. I would LOVE to add more beads to my small collection!
    simplyalysia@hotmail.com

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  32. I have been using lots of Czech beads recently, they have a more organic feel and nice permanent finishes.

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  33. even if I don't win I am getting som

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  34. I like all kinds of picasso beads!

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  35. My faves are the bellflower beads... I have a ton of them and always want more :) Certain of the leaf and dagger beads are up there on my 'love/want' list too :)

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  36. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I just love the duo beads. They are so easy to use and beautiful.

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  37. I love all Czech beads - my favorite lately are the 3mm bicones in my earrings and the fire polished.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  38. Oh those pellet beads look amazing please enter me for the draw

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  39. Love this giveaway and Czech beads. Fire polished, bicones, drops are among the ones I like the most.
    andree.caron@yahoo.ca

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  40. I love fire polished crystals czech beads. Love to win this giveaway. I want to try duo beads, there many pattern to use this king of beads. Thanks to let us a chance to win. I'm a suscriber.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  41. Would love to win this. I'm a follower of your blog.

    I'm still at the beginning of my beading journey and I don't have a favourite. I've used Czech fire-polished and seed beads but would love to try some of the "newer" shapes.

    icbnett(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I absolutely love delicas. Love their feel, color and ease of beading. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  43. What a neat giveaway! My hands-down favorites are fire-polished, but I'm also fond of "shapes", especially flower beads. Czech beads are so cool! :)

    - Heather R., the Real Leopardstripes

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  44. You have the best giveaways. My favorite czech bead would have to be their cathedral beads.

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  45. I shared the contest on FB

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10203271775984684?stream_ref=10

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  46. I follow your blog through GFC

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  47. I love Czech beads! Especially spikes, fire polish and super duo with the Picasso finish and the matte metallic finish. Thank you!
    I subscribe to your lovely blog and am sharing this on the Facebook xxx
    Jandmmarshall (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. I really like the square ones that have a cathedral look to them and the twin beads. I can't remember the names, but they are pricey. I use the rondelle, bicone, and round all the time. Here's to praying I win this one.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  49. I shared through twitter.

    https://twitter.com/Shaiha_/status/445688891484676096

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  50. Oh, I forgot to add that I am a subscriber and fan!

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  51. These beads are very cool looking and would be fun to play with. My favorite Czech beads? Anything with the Picasso colors!

    I am a subscriber / follower.
    Kathyk (kathykurke@gmail.com)

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  52. Thank you for another awesome contest.

    I really love the red jasper looking beads.

    solimond(at)gmail.com

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  53. I love that red button bracelet! All the different shapes offer so many ways to create unique pieces.

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  54. I subscribe via email

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  55. Hi Pearl,

    I love the 2 way faceted fire polished beads and now I'm really liking the look of the pellet beads.

    Thanks for the chance to win ;)

    Cheers

    victoria_farrell at hotmail dot com

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  56. Loving these gorgeous peacock beads in green:

    http://best-beads.com/pressed-beads/pressed-hearts/39559.html

    Email: yumihamano@gmail.com

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  57. Email subscriber

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  58. Thanks for hosting! I just adore the super duos! They are so versatile.

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  59. Lovely beads and great giveaway.

    I follow your blog and am a subscriber too.

    arienna_elf at hotmail dot com

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  60. i like round faceted beads.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Inoreader rss subscribe.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I love Czech glass and use it all the time in my designs. My favourites are the table cut beads and faceted crystals but I love them all.

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  63. I love Czech beads, and I would love to win this giveaway! My favourites are probably the rondelles -- they come in so many colours and finishes that coordinate with everything. (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  64. I'm a long time follower of this blog through bloglovin (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  65. I am a FB liker too! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  66. And I am about to pin this post on my Pinterest (my account name is lissiloo) (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  67. I don't have a "favorite" yet. I'm having way too much fun "experimenting" and thinking up new ideas. I just can't get enough beads. Wait! Enough? No such thing as "enough".

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  68. I would be ecstatic to be lucky enough to win this time, I adore Czech beads, especially pressed flowers, daggers, fire polished ones and table cut ones - essentially all of them!!! :-)
    I am also a happy email subscriber.
    Thank you,
    Despina
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  69. Love czech beads! If I had the money I'd love to take the train down there sometime (though I doubt they'd let me into the factories I'd want to visit just like that...).

    As for my favourite czech bead, it varies all the time. Right now I'm having a crush on swallow coin beads, stone finish pressed beads (the textured/lava-look ones) and chunky english cut beads. Czech glass beads are dangerously addictive!!!

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  70. Oh, and I pinned here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/109634572153447029/

    Am, of cause, a blog follower. :D

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  71. Czech beads have such a large variety of shapes, colors and finishes, that makes it extremely difficult to choose a favorite. At this time I like experimenting with double hole beads. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  72. I ♥ the tablecuts SO much. I follow blog and on facebook!Hope I win..good luck everyone

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  73. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netMarch 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I am a devoted blog subscriber and appreciate all the information you provide us! It may sound boring but my favorites are good old Seed Beads. Size 11 mainly but I am intrigued with Piggy beads. Must try them soon!

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  74. These beads seem like just the thing to get me out if the winter slump. I would love to try them!
    Onedayjewelry@gmail.com (onedayjewelry on artfire)

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  75. Thanks for the chance to win, sooooo many to choose from, I love the Fire Polished best.
    doinwire at gmail dot com

    Sue : )

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  76. Would love to win the $50 worth of Czech beads. I like the fire polished beads but want to try the pellet and piggy beads.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  77. Am a blog follower on Bloglovin.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  78. Just tweeted again about your post and giveaway.

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/446258583206776832

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  79. I would like to have the opportunity to play with another style of Czech specialty beads. My favourites are the top drilled lentils....

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  80. Love all the Czech beads, my go to in most of my creations. My favorite is ANYTHING with a Picasso finish!

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  81. yeah picasso beads are wonderful. am curious about the lentil beads too. But any bead is best!

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  82. I love the super duo's
    trish128@gmail.com
    Patricia

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  83. Thank you so much Pearl for your wonderful blog and inspiration! I am really going crazy right now with superduos and firepolish rounds together in bracelets. With the choices of colors and finishes you can come up with hundreds of possible patterns it can boggle the mind! The giveaway beads will add to my madness :)

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  84. I love the look of the pellet beads. It would be great to try experimenting with them. Thanks for giving me the chance.
    Susan Samuel
    shw_samuel@sky.ccom

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  85. Hi, what a great giveaway!I would probably say I love the rondelles, but the ones in your presentation are also awesome. Generally love working with odd-shaped beads. I'm a subscriber via e-mail. Hope I will win this one.
    maria_chrysi@yahoo.gr

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  86. You're awesome too!! Giving us all these great giveaways! pick me pick me! :) My favorites are the lowly seed beads, simply because I do alot of bead embroidery. But I do like to experiment, so I would have to say of the new beads, these pellet beads are really cute and I've seen some great designs with them. Thanks!

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  87. Wow, what a great giveaway. It would indeed be appropriate for me to win it since I was born in the Czech republic. I love the fire polished beads. Jana
    skladan@rogers.com

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  88. Great giveaway!!! Wonderful beads!!! Thank you for this opportunity!!!
    mar_aslanidou@hotmail.com

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  89. Czech beads are the first type of beads that I used for my chainamille projects.
    I love the drops and bicones, and fire polish beads. Also love AB effect.

    I am subscriber.

    e-mail: traistutacuzale@gmail.com

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  90. Love any and all styles of Czech beads, but my go-to bead is faceted firepolished! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  91. I love bicones and fire polished beads.

    I am a blog subscriber.

    Ana Beads
    acbeads@gmail.com

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  92. I'd love to win! I am really liking some of the new Czech beads with the picasso finishes - especially the table cut ones - dragonfly coins, etc.

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  93. Oh, and I'm a blog follower, too!

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  94. I would love to receive more Czech beads to play with! My favorites are the SuperDuos/Twins. Love the blog, and also follow on FB :-)

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  95. Love your designs Pearl! I think fire polished are my favourite beads.

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  96. I love beads and combining them to be something different. Thank you for offering this great chance to win.
    Blog subscriber by email
    Facebook Shout out too
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/402227810446586449/

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  97. Also shout out here
    https://twitter.com/mbrentp/status/603930665801879552
    https://www.facebook.com/isleofcraftin/posts/497777503711579

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