Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bead Spotlight: Czech Glass Leaves

When it comes to choosing just the right beads for a project, the possibilities can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of beads, and each one has so many different uses. Accent beads for stringing, fringe and embellishment can be the most difficult to select. Even if we have a particular color in mind, there are still dozens - if not hundreds - of bead styles that could work in our designs.

Autumn Colored Czech Glass Leaves

Czech pressed glass beads are some of my favorite accent beads, not only because of the amazing colors, but also because of the interesting shapes. Shells and foliage are among the most versatile pieces, because they can be included in so many different types of themed beadwork.

Whenever I’m shopping for Czech glass leaves, I find it hard to decide which of the many exciting colors to choose from. The two-tone color contrasts are stunning and perplexing at the same time. And of course, once purchased, it can be hard to let go of our favorites. I had hoped to use some Halloween colored black-orange leaves this month, but found I couldn’t let them go just yet.

Some excellent examples of beadwork using glass leaves include: Pumpkin Patch Pendant from Linkel Designs; Oil Slick Collar Necklace from Geo Jewelry; and Chartreuse and White Beaded Lariat from Kate Tracton Designs. These pieces take simple glass leaves and turn them into extraordinary works of nature-inspired art.

You can try out these pretty little treasures with some simple projects like these: Cornucopia of Leaves Bracelet from Auntie's Beads; Twigs and Branches Earrings from Beading Daily and Pat Wexelblat; and Fall Fringe Necklace from Bead & Button Magazine and Lea Rose Nowicki. You can also get creative and adapt some of your favorite techniques, or replace your usual beads with leaves for a new look. The Flower Petal Necklace from would look great with pink Czech leaves!

Array of Autumn Leaves

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  1. I have to come more often to here! Every time I find a lot of interesting. Thank you!

    Hugs, Zoya :)

  2. Lovely leaves! Such gorgeous autumn colors (my favorite!)

  3. Hi, Kate Tracton here...

    I was surfing for beading blogs, and just happened upon this post mentioning me and my beaded lariat.

    Thank you so much for providing links to my shop and blog! I hope you'll stop by my corner of blogland for a visit. :)

    I also wanted to say I enjoyed the other links you provided.



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