Monday, August 11, 2014

Best Beads' $50 Giveaway for Czech Beads

By on Monday, August 11, 2014 82 Comments

Czech bead manufacturers produce a huge range of bead types. So the different kinds of jewelry designs possible will be neverending!  I received some awesome Czech made 30 mm long bugle beads from Best Beads for review and had a lot of fun with them.


The range of colors is fantastic.

As you may remember, my favorite things to make are earrings!  So I made 3 pairs using these long beads. I also used 4-way metal connector beads (red and green earrings) and resin clay to make them all stud earrings!   I couldn't resist using the triangular theme with the blue pair below.  I wired pellet beads (also from Best Beads) at the top and bottom and onto a close metal ring at the top.  I filled the ring space with a flat disc of grey resin clay.  As this clay is also adhesive, I simply pressed a flat crystal in the front and a stud earring component with a large flat pad. Easy peasy!


You can see why I did not choose to use a third bugle bead for the bottom of the triangle  - it would have made the earrings too wide.  Try long bugle beads for a triangular themed necklace - see the tutorial in the first link below.



I didn't use wire to group the bugles for the green pair.  Instead I used Fireline and did a modified ladder stitch to not only keep them together but to go through the bottom 2 holes of the green connector metal beads for attachment.


Again a small flat disc of resin clay at the back of the connectors fixed the earring stud and pad to the new earrings! I was trying to go with the art deco look for this pair!


The red bugle beads earring dangles were attached to the round connectors with wire.  Like the other earrings, resin clay at the back of the connectors meant fixing on the earring stud components was easy. There is another added advantage in that the clay hides the wiring or threads.

The red bugle earrings are rather like chandeliers, aren't they? The tutorial for this pair will appear later this week.


I played around with many of the bugles and loved the ombre effect with some of them. So I laid them all onto a square bed of resin clay. Added a rolled snake around the beads, a ball chain around that and poked a hole at the top! I then made it faux gold with very fine sprinkles. The tutorial for the faux metallic effect will appear in the fall.


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, August 18, 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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82 comments:

  1. Love the omnre pendant! Can't think of just 1 czech bead I like!

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  2. I love czech beads..I use fire polished in my wrap bracelets and fall acorns! Facebook.com/littlelovelies2

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  3. I love Czech beads! So many shape and color choices! I guess my fav is old school faceted rounds in any color. I add them to many of my designs!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  4. I'm a subscriber. My favorite type of Czech glass is Picasso finish, the larger the better, especially rondelles. Thanks for the chance!. mitziec@verizon.net

    needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

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  5. Ah, Czech beads.....8 mm melons and top drilled lentils are my favourite. It would be great to have more for my collection!

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  6. I would have never thought of using these tubes beads to make studs - the result is quite stunning. I most favourite czech beads are faceted rounds and teardrops

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  7. I follow you on GFC, Facebook and twitter

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  8. These look like great fun to work with.

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  9. Very cool ideas for these bugles. I really like metallic type colors in any beads. You have given me some ideas with this post.

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  10. Not sure I can pick a favorite, but I do love Czech beads.

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  11. Those are really great designs with the long beads!! I cant think of a czech bead I DONT like, lol!! I like the spikes, and I'm really loving the two hole triangles right now. I've shared this on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FotoJennicS/posts/535815406520525 my contact info is ou812amp@yahoo.com. Good luck to everyone!

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  12. Love Czech glass beads and could never pick one favorite.

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  13. I would like to enter their contest but I couldn't find where to leave comments. Btw.... I enjoy your news letter EVERY morning. Ty for their hard work. Virginia

    via email

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  14. What fun! Bugle beads are great in any size but my absolute fave Czech glass beads are leaves... I use them to weave the fairy magic into my jewelry :-)

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  15. I love working with bugle beads (although I haven't tried the long ones yet) & wish they were easier to find. My favorite bugles are the twisted ones, which give an extra element of texture to my jewelry.

    You have come up with such beautiful & creative designs using the long bugles & you've inspired me to give them a try. I also like twin & super duos, fire polished, pressed glass, and so many others. I currently am putting together a shopping list of assorted bead shapes.

    Your blog is always an inspiration & I look forward to each issue.

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  16. I love czech beads, they are very different. and there have beautiful colors and shapes.
    majolopa@free.fr

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  17. love all the earrings you made . never thought to use clay to attach the post discs to other beads. clever!
    My first exposure to czech beads were druks but i do love the shaped beads esp leaves .
    deb4tin at gmail dot com
    www.studiok24.blogspot.ca

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  18. I love Czech Beads. To many kinds to pick up my favorites. You give me a lot of inspiration with those bugles. Like to win. Good luck to everyone. I'm a suscriber.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  19. Awesome Earrings Pearl. I had some 30mm ruby twisted bugles that I used in some long necklaces. They sparkled and added a lot to the design. I think my favorite would be fire polished beads, but I love all beads.

    Janet
    janeihart66@aol.com

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  20. I don't think there is a bead made that I don't like.....I love different beads to come up with beautiful, different designs....:)

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  21. Love the earrings, especially the green ones. I'd love to win some Czech beads, especially pinch beads, O beads, spikes, duos, petals, flower cups, etc., etc......

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  22. These are really cool earring designs. I would have looked at the beads and stood there scratching my head wondering what in the world to do with them. You gave me some inspiration. As I told you once, it's like Christmas opening up your blog.

    Wayne Wiley

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  23. I just wanted to say how much I liked your red earrings Pearl! They are really pretty!

    I'm not familiar with the clay you are talking about and I'm looking forward to that tutorial.

    I always learn so much from you! You are like the fountain of inspiration!!

    aims

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  24. Gosh Pearl, you have such creative ideas! I never would have thought to group long beads together the way you have for the pendant! I want to make one myself now!

    I'm an email subscriber: lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  25. I am addicted to Czech beads so I can't think of just one. I do tend to prefer their saucer shape though.

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  26. I follow your blog through GFC as Shaiha

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  27. Love czech beads for my bead making. I enjoy them in peyote, loom weaving and making earrings.

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  28. Are there anything better than czech glass beads? Right now I'm crushing on textured etched/stone picasso finishes and matte bronze picasso. There's some utterly gorgeous finishes and coatings on czech beads -- and there seem to be new ones (or combos of old ones) all the time. Yum!

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  29. Love all the Czech beads!

    dmcclane@comcast.net

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  30. Oh, and I'm a blog follower.

    And pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/manekibeader/giveaways-contests-and-challenges/

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  31. Rocailles and facetted beads are the ones I use most, but I would like to try some other forms. Thank you for the giveaway !

    I am a blog subscriber,

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  32. I'm a Czech bead junkie. I adore the English cut and meteor beads.
    I am a follower of your blog, a subscriber and did a shout out on my FB page. Am intrigued by these lovely long tubes...look like fun.

    marytown79@gmail.com

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  33. I am a subscriber. My favorite czech are picasso and fire polish

    Jen at dmachell@shaw.ca

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  34. I love your designs with those bugles! I am loving all of the two holed styles right now, the triangles, piggy beads etc. They are all so pretty and very versatile.

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  35. What a great contest! I've been afraid to try seed beads, but these longer bugle beads are giving me lots of ideas. Thanks for another awesome contest.

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  36. What a great giveaway! I love anything that is Picasso. I have never seen large bugles used before and now I will have to get some to create something fun.
    kathy@kurke.net

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  37. I love the archeology or relic style Czech beads (the seed beads).
    zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  38. I love all czech beads!
    alikat2004 on Ravelry

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  39. Not seen these type beads before. Love the red and green ones thanks for the chance to win. Peggywhiz@cableone.net

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  40. Those colours just pop! What fantastic shades.. just makes it hard to chose a favorite colour ;)

    I think my favorite Czech bead style would have to be the flowers ( the bell, not the pressed),and I just feel like I could never have enough of them. I constantly want to use them in my designs, BUT if I did that then I'd run out and not have any >.< too sad to think of, so I hoard them ;) lol $50 would give me enough that I could give in to using them AND
    hoarding them though ;)

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  41. Oh, and I am a faithful follower of your blog :D

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  42. I love your green and red earrings, Pearl. They are fun and would go with a dress for work or jeans.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  43. I am a subscriber and follower of everything Beading Gem
    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  44. LOVE Czech beads! And these jewelry pieces with the long bugles are wonderful, so creative.

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  45. Thanks for the chance to win, Pearl :) These look to be so versatile

    Cheers

    Vicky F

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  46. Fun designs. Love all of these. Hmm, my favourite beads? Hard to say but I think right now it is the matte faceted rounds

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  47. My fav Czech are fire polished 3 and 4 mm, small and versatile. Lately I've been eyeing the Czech pressed glass buttons which are simply gorgeous. I guess they might not count as beads but beaders can use them to make amazing things.

    I really do enjoy the Beading Gem's Journal!

    beadcontagion.blogspot.com

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  48. I mostly use Czech seed beads at present but am fascinated by the many new shapes being brought out.

    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  49. Pbuchannan@aol.comAugust 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    I've been playing around with the two hole beads lately....especially like the super duos and bricks. Would love to try some of these long bugles....have never seen them before.

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  50. Good morning, oh I am in love with these buggles... I like all types of beads. Should I win please send buggles. Your creations are very inspiring.

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  51. I ordered my first Czech glass beads only recently and they are beautiful! Still waiting for the inspiration! I love the Picasso finish (the dark topaz 8 mm rounds in the store are gorgeous), the store offers such a great variety, so difficult to choose! If I win, though, I'll manage it :)

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  52. wow, these long bugle beads are really awesome, I would try them anytime. I have many kinds of Czech Beads at home, from firepolished to tablecut, they are so beautiful.
    Featured on my Facebook pages Jeanne_Noire and Bead House.

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  53. I adore the czech fire polished beads. They are a great way to pass the savings on to my customers so I get to sell more and they get to buy more!
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/JacknJillsAllTiedUp
    GIJillie@yahoo.com

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  54. Hi ! I am a follower , and I am trying my luck once again . I love the red earings that you made and show in this post !

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  55. My favorite Chec beads have got to be the faceted fire polish crystals! I typically use the 4mm variety, but go for a larger version when I want to make a bigger impact. I also love all of the various Picasso finishes that these beads come in - they really add an extra dimension to designs!

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  56. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netAugust 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I love the necklace you made with the bugle beads! I really enjoy working with 3&4mm druks, seed beads and pewter beads.

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  57. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netAugust 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Oops, forgot to say I am a blog subscriber.

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  58. I love Czech beads , for the wide variety and most of all the finish and quality as compared to the indian ones. My favorites are roccailes , though tubes , vitral are also some I have use in my designs

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  59. Ooh too many to list but I do love the fire polished look. Love how you used the bugles, might have to go looking for my stash after this inspiration ...
    thanks
    Sue doinwire at gmail dot com

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  60. Hello, thank you for such an awesome giveaway. My favorite Czech beads are fire polished, glass druk beads, lentils, super duos, tile bead, rulla beads, and O'beads. I could go on and on. I just really love Czech beads. Thanks again and good luck everyone.

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  61. These long bead are so different and cool. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  62. I subscribe via email.
    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  63. Your deco earrings are awesome! I've never seen anything like them. I love Czech crystal beads - both round and bicone. I love the sparkle and use them in jewelry and art doll embellishments. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. I follow you via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  65. I shared this post on Facebook. Thanks again! https://www.facebook.com/pk.solberg.1/posts/277064149166740

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  66. My favourite are the flower beads. Always beautiful.
    suedebyga@gmail.com

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  67. I like the czech seed beads. I have a new bead loom and am having fun with it. lhminahan@gmail.com

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  68. I love the bugle beads, fantastic earrings!
    I'd love to win some Czech beads, please count me in!!!
    I am a happy email subscriber: deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  69. I am also a subscriber. I love Czech beads -especially twin or super duos, pellet beads and would like to try the long bugle beads.

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  70. My favourites are fire polished in all sorts of colours, and window beads. But really I just like most of the beads out there!

    Sara, saeraa@gmail.com

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  71. Love the earrings! Super cool it would be great to win this, I like the tube beads, they make a great addition.

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  72. My favourite Czech beads are the faceted round ones and I love the Picasso finish.
    I'm a blog subscriber.
    acbeads@gmail.com

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  73. I have pinned about the giveaway.

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/498562621222984897/

    acbeads@gmail.com

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  74. What a great prize? It would give me free rein to get my favorite fire-polish!
    Roz_Who@yahoo.com

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  75. What beautiful colors.. Love the earring ideas..
    would love to add them to my stash to design
    beautiful pieces.
    carol

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  76. Love the blue earrings. I love fire polished and table cut beads. I love Picasso beads, I just love them all.

    Patricia

    www.reactiondja.etsy.com

    PS - sharing on FB

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  77. Love the designs you made Pearl. I love fire polished crystals.

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  78. These are so cool! Would love some of the long metallics! Fingers crossed!
    barbaralong1@hotmail.com

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  79. I love these beads. I had never seen them before and love what you did with them. I would love to win some.

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  80. My favourite czech beads are seed beads from preciosa ornela and I love to use also fire polished beads. I have never tried such long tube beads as you used in your fantastic earrings. Amazing work.
    Sometimes I use small tube ones about 2 × 8mm. My email : letan20@gmail.com
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  81. I get inspiration every week with the newsletter and Czech beads are my passion! I love flowers and leaves, especially the opal glass and the glorious irridescent finishes (too many to name). ch2881@email.vccs.edu

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