Bead Library: Czech Glass Beads

History of Czech Glass by Beverly Fernandes

Both Bohemia and Venice were a part of the Austrian Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte, but the rivalry never eased. The Venetians developed handmade beads and the Bohemian Czechs specialized in high density pressed glass. The result is a wonderful variety of amazing beads.

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Making Czech Glass Beads by Beverly Fernandes

Bohemia in the Czech Republic is the perfect environment for making glass beads. It has all the things needed to make beads, including people with the imagination and drive to create machines and molds to make new, innovative shapes and designs in glass beads.

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In Harlequin's bead library you will find information on the history of beads, how beads are made and how beads have been used throughout the world.

Many articles include a bibliography to provide you with additional resources. Many of the beading books referenced are available at your local library, and we offer a number of books on beads and beading in our inventory.

We invite you to occasionally revisit this section of our website, as we are always expanding our collection of beading articles.

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If there's a beading topic that you'd like to know more about, or you have ideas for our beading library - we'd love to hear from you. Email us your topic or idea and we'll pass your suggestions along to our writers.

If you've written a beading article yourself that you feel would be a valuable addition to our bead library, we welcome your email, as well.
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Harlequin Beads and Jewelry specializes in Swarovski crystal, pendants and pearls, Czech glass and seed, Japanese seed and gemstone beads, plus a full selection of stringing supplies and jewelry findings.