Monday, November 17, 2014

Best Beads' $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway of Czech Beads

By on Monday, November 17, 2014 92 Comments

Czech beads are incredibly varied and versatile which makes them popular among beaders. They are made by a number of Czech manufacturers mainly in the Jablonec region.  Best Beads is a Czech supplier of many types of these beads - they offer special discounts for volume buys.  They recently sent me Preciosa Pip™ beads for review.



These beads are petal shaped and side drilled at the top.  They are not as pointy like dagger beads. The color finishes are beautiful as you can see below.  Metallic, pearl luster and mottled effects were found in the beads I received. Just gorgeous!



Although I considered making some wire work projects, Pip beads are really too wonderful for bead work to pass up on. So I made a beaded cabochon pendant using two of the gold tone beads at the bottom.


Fellow members of the Grand River Bead Society will recognize the bezel cabochon part as well as the moss stitch as the project we did with Stephanie Dixon back in October.  When I took it home,  I made it oval and off centered the cabochon. The use of double layered pip beads was inspired by some of the designs in Linda Landy's Textured Bead Embroidery book which I reviewed recently.

Sharp eyed beaders may have noticed I did not use a beaded bail.  So tune in later this week on the tip/tutorial on how to add a jump ring bail to beaded cabochon pendants.


Beading was my first love and I wish I had more time to devote to it.  If you are in a perpetual time crunch like me, then consider light beading projects!  My Pip bead flower earring designs below are based on the idea that the stiff foundation typically used in bead embroidery could be replaced with metal filigrees! Fast beading indeed!  The basic tutorial for this can be found here.






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, November 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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92 comments:

  1. Love the new Pip beads! And the designs are so pretty!!!

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  2. Beautiful beads. Would love them

    Karyn.weintraub@gmail.com

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  3. Love the seed beads! Lane Recker at recker911@aol.com

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  4. I would love to win these beads. I do so enjoy your website. I have learned so many things.

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  5. I would love to win. I have learned so many things from your web site.

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  6. Love these beads.
    Kim McSpedden
    Spmandkdm@embarqmail.com

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  7. I love so many Czech beads & it's hard to say which is my favorite. Recently I've been using q lot of Twins & SuperDuos, but have just ordered some Rizo beads for a design idea I have (hope it turns out the way it looks in my mind) as well as some lentils. I've just started a beaded kumihimo using drop beads, & always use seed beads in a variety of sizes. The new Z beads look intriguing & the dagger beads are on my wish list.

    As you can see, I can't pick just one favorite!

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  8. I love Czech beads and these new pip beads are wonderful. Would love to create with them.

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  9. The Pip bead flower earrings in purple are awesome

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  10. LindaLeeLee@icloud.comNovember 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I would love to try these beautiful Pip beads! I enjoy your daily emails.

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  11. I always try to buy Czech beads for their durability I don't have a favorite, but theses pips look very interesting.

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  12. I've never used Czech Beads, but would love to try them! Susan sivads@twc.com

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  13. I love the concept of simple beadwork as I like quick projects. So I am looking forward to your tutorials. I like teardrops and rounds in Czech beads but these beads that you have used are really unique and eyecatching

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  14. I love the diversity of color and shape of Czech beads - leaves, flowers or drops would be very welcome :) And I am looking forward to the basic tutorial that involves seed beads and filigree base!

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  15. Very pretty beads. I like using 2-3mm round beads for making cluster earrings, blues and greens are my favorite. Thanks for the contest
    suebakus@telus.net

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  16. I like the pip beads but my favorite beads are the ones that are slightly matte finished but I use beads as accents but sparingly in my work.
    codeplus@bellsouth.net
    Nathan

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  17. I follow your blog. I love the PIP beads and your designs are wonderful. Please let me win! Louise

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  18. Lovely ! I am a follower , and I would love to try any of those ...( you did very clever flowers designs with them )

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  19. I love Czech beads!!!! I have used them time again and again. I would have to say the firepolished beads are my favorite!!!! Love your blog!!!! chillwthme@gmail.com

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  20. I love so many kinds of Czech beads that it's hard yo narrow it down to a few! I just finished a bracelet with their orchid leaf beads. Love these new ones!

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  21. I love Czech beads, actually I'm addicted to them!!! I haven't tried the Pips yet, but have been dying to.

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  22. These beads look so cool. I'd love to have some to play with.
    nevilles4@att.net

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  23. I personally like the Picasso finishes best. The variation in bead styles leaves jewelry creation only limited to your imagination!

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  24. I LOVE Czech glass beads! Count me in. Which are my favorites? That's impossible. Druks, fire polish, seed beads, drops, they're all so versatile. I just used some beautiful twisted ovals for a necklace order so I think that's my favorite, for today anyways.

    Janet

    janeihart66@aol.com

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  25. Thank you for a chance to win - this is great! www.juliesmithjewelry.etsy.com

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  26. Love all of these beads!
    Posted your giveaway on my Pinterest giveaway/Contest board
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907192589257/
    and I am a blog follower.

    zanc@att.net

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  27. I don't want to enter the contest because it would be sheer greed - haven't had time to use all the stuff I have. But I had to comment on the fantastic job you did using those pip beads. You have such a wonderful sense of style. I especially like the design of the earrings. Wonderful job of showcasing the product.

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  28. I too love Czech beads, especially the metallic and pearl luster. What a fantastic idea for beading on pierced metal. can't wait to start a project on some over sized metallic filigrees I ordered that were larger than I needed for a project and have been waiting for inspiration! Would LOVE to win!

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  29. Making someone choose their Favourite?

    Hmmm - between the Pressed - the Firepolished - or the - Daggers....

    I can't tell you which are my favourites Pearl....

    So throw my name in there anyway...

    :0)

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  30. It is serendipitous for me, I've been using the filligree findings as bases for some of my work as well, and it works so well too! These lovely beads would be put to use right away, lol!I am going to check out "Best Beads" online today, thanks for the tip! I love your site, and I want to share some of my work with you;) Have a sweet day, Lisette from Oregon

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  31. I don't have any favorites. All shapes and sizes are useful with the right design ! I would love any of them.

    voltzia@gmail.com

    I am a blog subscriber.

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  32. I love Czech beads and use them all the time in my creations. My faves for the moment are fire polished, but I also love the drops and the new pips.
    Gorgeous designs incorporating these!
    Dawn at abundantearthworks@gmail.com

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  33. I love these beads and your designs with them are fantastic. difficult to choose a favourite one though, they are all beautiful.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  34. i really love all czech glass beads. how can i possibly choose? i'll say right now the pips and the pellets are my favorites because i dont have any yet, and i really need them.
    :)
    i am a blog subscriber butterfleye919 at AOL dot com and i tweeted this. https://twitter.com/FotoJennicArt/status/534423479370526722

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  35. I don't think there are many Czech beads that I would dislike, the Pip beads are gorgeous and I like the Tilas and Superduos too and would love to have some to play with as I can think of many things I could make with them I follow you on Face Book and am on your mailing list and Twitter too as well as on Linked in so hopefully I get to win some of these amazing beads to play with and am definitely sharing too

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  36. I love Czech beads. Best Beads has a nice assortment. I'm having fun playing with pips.

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  37. I follow your blog using Bloglovin'. I'm also enjoying "O" beads.

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  38. I shared your post on Pinterest since I don't have a blog. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/229613280977507124/

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  39. I'd love to win... whatever :) Czech beads are so beautiful!
    A lot of greetings from Poland :)

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  40. I'm subscriber of your wonderful blog :)
    Greetings one more time!

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  41. I really want to shop at Best Beads. I also shared on Facebook.https://www.facebook.com/mary.r.morris.5

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  42. My faves are seed beads and duos. Thanks for this chance to win!

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  43. Sorry forgot to say I am a blog subscriber.

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  44. I love that the pip beads work so well as flower petals and leaves.

    My favorites are those in flower colors and shapes.

    Today we are very fortunate to have so many new shapes and colors.

    Thanks to the Czech bead makers.

    Pelletierlynn@comcast.net

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  45. would love to bring these beads down under to New Zealand - thanks for the opportunity to do this - Jill
    my email is beadbugs@ihug.co.nz

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  46. Jessica Alvarez BellNovember 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Beautiful beads. Would love to be the winner.

    Jessica Alvarez Bell
    runswithscissors.ws@gmail.com

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  47. They are so cute!!!
    Thanks
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  48. I would love to win this! So pretty and different from I've used before.

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  49. I subscribe via email.

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  50. Hey Pearl,

    I really love the concept of the pip beads. Thanks for the chance to win.

    victoria_farrell@hotmail.com

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  51. I really like the pip design and colors. I love using Czech beads, and I have a lot of them. My favorite ones are the Picasso beads, but i love them all. I would love to try some of the PIP. Happy Holidays.

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  52. I love your blog! So many wonderful interesting posts! I love Czech beads. My first experience with beading was using Czech seed beads. My favorites are the Czech Mates and of course I'll always love seed beads. Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway!! Debra

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  53. Love these new beads,the design are so cute. Already have in mind what I could do with those. Thank you, I'am a suscriber.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  54. I have been waiting to try pip beads, they look lovely
    patricia
    trish128@gmail.com

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  55. love the pip beads! Great giveaway too.I'm a blog subscriber too.

    Alikat2004 at Ravelry.com

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  56. Love how you used the beads. Gorgeous! I'm going to be on the lookout for some now - can never have too many beads.
    Liz at Bead Contagion

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  57. I'd like to try these on my Kumihimo cords.

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  58. I love the sheen that they have them. The earrings that you made (at the bottom) with the flower in the center are beautiful.

    I am a subscriber/fan

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  59. Such pretty beads!!!
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  60. I am a blog follower
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  61. Oooh I haven't played with Czech beads before, but love those little mottled petal shape ones.
    thanks for the chance to win.
    doinwire at gmail dot com
    sue

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  62. Those pip beads are so pretty! Love the beautiful finish on them. My fave Czech beads are the fire polished and daggers. :)

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  63. I'm a blog subscriber. Love your awesome jewelry tutorials!

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  64. The lustre on these beads is amazing! I think I like the mottled ones the best... but that'll probably change every time I look at them, they're all so pretty!

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

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  65. What an awesome opportunity. I'm not sure which beads I like best as I've hardly had a chance to try the new shapes yet - they all look so full of potential!

    I follow you through Bloglovin'

    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  66. I am a e-mailer.I save all your emails.I would love a verity of czech beads.The petal beads look like a lot of fun!My e-mail address is gramapatti530@yahoo.com Thank you!

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  67. Love the shine of them. Love the blue. I will share this on Facebook no blog. Peggywhiz@cableone.net

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  68. Hi Pearl,

    AS always, I enoy your blog. I am primarily interested in kumihimo and can see all kinds of uses for the PIP beads. Thanks for showing them. If I win, I'll send you a picture of how they can be adapted to kumihimo.

    Wayne Wiley

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  69. They are so pretty, would love to win those.

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  70. My absolute favorite Czech glass beads are leaves (of course;) but I have been wanting to try these new pips-fingers crossed!! I also scheduled to share on twitter and g+.

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  71. You know, to be Czech it makes you proud to read so many people love and use Czech beads:) Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!
    Lenka

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  72. I love the way you've used these pip beads in your earrings- it's making my fingers itch! Czech beads are all so pretty. I love this new pip beads, but those firepolished classics are always a delight. Christie charisdesigns@hotmail.com

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  73. These beads are beautiful!! I love the green earrings and the necklace.

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  74. I adore Czech beads, I use them in almost all of my designs, I'd love to win some more!
    Among my favorites are the Picasso, the flowers and the spectacular buttons.
    I love your use of the petal shape, never used them myself.
    Of course I'm a happy blog and email subscriber :-)
    Also shared on twitter:https://mobile.twitter.com/DESPINA_VNT/status/535499638237700096

    Thank you,
    Despina
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  75. Cool beads to try out new designs. I like the tiny czech beads best. Thanks.

    wncon@aol.com

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  76. Hi Pearl,
    Those pip beads are gorgeous and look like fun to work with. I can't wait to give them a try!
    Btw, I love your Blog!!!!
    Thanks, Wendy

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  77. Wow, those petal shaped beads look awesome! I would love to win those.

    Elsie_1588@hotmail.com

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  78. I love all sizes and shapes of seed beads especially superduos! I would love to win this giveaway!

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  79. The colors of the petal beads are awesome! Roz_Who@yahoo.com

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  80. I love super duos but the Pip petal beads are looking so interesting and the way you have used them is beautiful.

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  81. I love these purple pips....endless design possibilities. Hope to win some...lcnantt@aol.com

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  82. Beautiful beads. I would love working with them. Deb Jackson http://pinterest.com/jacksondeb/

    mrsrodjac3 @ gmail.com

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  83. pin follow Deb Jackson http://pinterest.com/jacksondeb/

    mrsrodjac3 @ gmail.com

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  84. google follow. Deb Jackson http://pinterest.com/jacksondeb/

    mrsrodjac3 @ gmail.com

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  85. I love the necklace!

    sitacroft@yahoo.es

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  86. What an amazing giveaway!

    I wouldn't know how to choose my favorite Czech bead - I love them all.

    rachelw.crafts@hotmail.com

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  87. I'd love to try the new Pip beads, and am also intrigued by the new Dragon Scale beads. But there aren't many beads I don't like! :-) I have also learned so much from your blog and e-mails - thank you!

    hycat@aol.com

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  88. The new Czech beads have inspired many beaders, including myself. I especially love the 2-hole brick and superduo, but look forward to working with the new shaps.
    April Stevenson
    beads@windstream.net

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  89. I'm quite in love with their White with Purple Haze Full Coating Fire Polished Czech Beads! Truth be told they have quite a lot of amazing beads to choose from :)

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

    TEEJewelry08 AT yahoo DOT com

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  90. I'm a subscriber of The Beading Gem's Journal!


    TEEJewelry08 AT yahoo DOT com

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  91. Oops, I forgot to say I tweeted about your blog and giveaway here
    https://twitter.com/abundantdawn/status/536937860130013185
    and followed/liked your page on Facebook :)

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