Czech beads are one of my favorites to "play" with. That's because the manufacturers there have a long tradition of making different shapes of beads with the most luscious finishes and colors all for our beading pleasure!  The Best Beads Shop is based in Prague in the Czech Republic and supplies a whole range of genuine Czech beads made by different companies out there.  They are back with another wonderful giveaway!

If you check out their store, there are so many types and colors of Czech beads, it is positively drool inducing! I have created a number of different tutorials using various beads from the store before (see links below) but this time round, dia or silky beads are in the limelight! I received some from Best Beads for review.  Aren't the colors and finishes lovely?

These beads are two holed but on the diagonal. Moreover, they are flat on one side but have a raised pattern on the other.  This feature was distinctive so why not capitalize on them?

What I did was group them in fours so that the raised portion formed a cross.  The dia beaded earrings tutorial can be found here. What I was trying to do is use the Miyuki beads to simulate a metal frame around the four beads.

I also couldn't resist doing a wire wrapped design either. The tutorial will also appear later this week. 

If you'd like to win $50 worth of Czech beads from The Best Beads Shop, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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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 Thursday, August 24, 2015 . 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!


I used my iPhone 5, the camera+ app and the Modahaus Tabletop Studio TS400 in artificial lights - 2 anglepoise lamps each equipped with 100W daylight CFL bulbs with a boost from nearby ceiling LED light strip. Most of the photo editing was done in app but some photos needed a quick touch to lighten and contrast quickly in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Using natural light is me. Click here for more information on my How to Photograph Jewelry webinar.

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