Welcome to the blog of Starman, Inc., also known as www.CzechBeads.com, your source for wholesale Czech glass beads, CzechMates, TOHO Japanese seed beads, and more. We are proud to inform bead lovers of the many new and exciting products and events that happen within our multifaceted industry.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
They're finally up -- See all 15 new items in 3 great shapes! These new colors were an experiment from the glass factory and may never be produced again.http://www.czechbeads.com/Catalog/Products.aspx?s=LEC
Try out the new curvy leaf shape or go abstract with the vintage styled 17/11mm flat twists. Perfect for Earrings, pendants and other dangles!
Another new addition to our catalog are our 5mm Mini Melons:
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here are some of the beads I was able to photograph and activate right away. This non-facetted briolette shape is a staff favorite because of the way it amplifies and distorts the colors in the glass. The opaque colored beads are impressive as well because of their natural stone look. The beads in the pictures below are bunched together, but if you take a look at our website stock photos you can see how the colors change with more light shining through their wide surfaces.
To see the rest of the new items we've recently added go to: http://www.czechbeads.com/Catalog/Products.aspx?s=new
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Toho manufactures the most uniform, wide-holed glass seed bead shapes you can buy, but beaders are always on the lookout for more color variety. Many people enjoy the color selection of Czech seed beads, but are fed up with the amount of unusable beads per hank. Our factory in the Czech Republic is the leader of finish technology throughout the region. It takes a village to manufacture a bead from start to finish and it's quite possible that most of your own stash from Czech Republic that has been treated with luster, picasso, or metallic finishes have passed through our factory doors. Toho hybrids bridge the gap between Czech and Japanese seed beads by giving you quality beads with a sought after color palette. Now you can easily match your seed bead components to your fire polished, pressed and table cut beads without sacrificing quality! Stay tuned for more examples of how these beads compare to our most popular Czech beads.
90 colors to choose from! Since the manufacturing process takes longer than traditional Toho beads supplies are limited and outages are expected to occur. Stock up while you can and be one of the first vendors to offer the latest addition to the Toho product line -- SuperNova Hybrids!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Coming Soon! Here's a sneak peak of some of the fancy colors about to appear on czechbeads.com!
Keep an eye out for these new items. You won't want to miss them! Supplies are extremely limited and cannot be reproduced! Check our new items page to see what's been recently added: http://www.czechbeads.com/Catalog/Products.aspx?s=new
Each batch of glass varies slightly from the next, and some colors look completely different in cane form than when they are reheated and pressed into beads. The glass factory presses a small amout of each batch as a sample for customers to use for color matching. You can see on the above sample how the striped pattern changes depending on how the bead is pressed. We never know how a bead batch will turn out until it arrives on our doorstep! The real fun is trying to find the right shape to compliment the natural color swirls of the glass.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Although manufacturing technologies are constantly improving, the true art of glass making is still reliant on the knowledge and skills of the glassmaker's themselves. Many fascinating colors have been discontinued over the years because their recipes have been lost; mostly due to talented people leaving the industry, or sadly even death. Relatives still living in the glass making regions of Bohemia often tell avid vintage bead collectors of their families history in the area, including how war and communism effected the production, variety, and availability of some beads.
The Czech glass industry has a rich history that spans multiple generations. The quality and variety produced throughout the years continues to be unmatched by any other country.
There are multiple bead manufacturers throughout Bohemia ranging from small, independent cottage workers, to large, full service factories. Regardless of size, each company complies with the industry standard numbering system, which categorizes the shape, size, glass cane color, and finish of each and every bead produced. This helps the companies work together in a seamless manner.
No matter how organized and technologically advanced the industry gets, there are always small changes that are beyond anyone's control. If you've noticed copper lined beads, for example, have become extremely difficult to come by these days. Why? because the one manufacturer that supplied the coating to the the rest of the factories was suddenly unable to reproduce the same quality as before. In this blog I will occasionally note some of the changes we've come across that are simply unavoidable. Sometimes the changes could be temporary; the glass factory makes such large batches that it may take six months before they need to produce more. Sure, it can be frustrating at times, but there is always a chance that the latest batch will turn out even better than before. In any case, the odd colored beads make for a great addition to any bead collector's stash!
Below is a picture of one of the latest changes to our catalog. "Strawberries and Creme" is now being described as "Peaches and Creme". We never know how a bead batch turns out until it shows up on our doorstep. The strawberry version is a relatively recent addition to our catalog and we've carried it in many styles. As new batches have been arriving over the past six months or so, we've had to rename and re-photograph the new beads for accuracy. When will it change back? Nobody knows. If you like one or the other better, make sure you get as much as you can while you can!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Click on the photos to see enlarged versions, or go see them on the website: http://www.czechbeads.com/Catalog/Products.aspx?s=fp+new
You can see our entire luster collections by using the following links:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The MJSA Shows are a greatly under-utilized resource for bead stores and large scale jewelry designers. There are representatives from some of the largest names in the industry. Since it's not a cash and carry show you get personalized service from prospective vendors and you're able to make informed decisions about product lines before you buy.
On a lighter note, I've included the picture below for fellow west-coasters as evidence that I was in fact, partaking in east coast culture:
I hadn't been to a Dunkin' Donuts in over 20 years! It was my guilty pleasure throughout the week and I was surprised to see them on just about every corner. Even the Rhode Island convention center was sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here are pictures of some of the new melons we were able to organize and upload to the website. There are many of our regular 8mm melon colors back in stock as well. Check them all out here!
287-08-Z5080: Chrysolite Celsian
Monday, September 8, 2008
As many of you may be aware, one of our most talented and reliable Czech lampwork designers has left the industry. She moved on to another field of work in The Czech Republic and will be greatly missed. Her collection of traditional Czech lampwork beads has been an integral part of our catalog since the beginning as well as the many unique creations she has released over the years.
You can view our remaining stock from her company here. They are extremely limited and are only available while supplies last. Some of the styles may make a comeback on our website through different artisans at a later time; however the color, shape and overall style may vary slightly due to artistic differences.
Stay tuned for more designer Czech lampwork to be added on czechbeads.com in the coming months!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Pear Shaped Drops 315-1216: Color 21210 - Milky Alexandrite
Some beads beg to have their picture taken. I don't usually jump at the chance to take pictures of alexandrite glass because its shape shifting, color bending properties do not make great stock photos. This time it was different; the beads couldn't hide their excitement from being touched by the sun beaming through the window. I grabbed my point and shoot and clicked away.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Matte - Fuzzy Peach
Matte - Stratosphere
Friday, August 8, 2008
| Click on pictures to view large, high resolution versions.|
990 - Gold-Lined Aqua
991 - Gold-Lined Peridot
992 - Gold-Lined Lt Montana Blue
993 - Gold-Lined Black Diamond
994 - Gold-Lined Rainbow Crystal
995 - Gold-Lined Rainbow Aqua
996 - Gold-Lined Rainbow Peridot
997 - Gold-Lined Rainbow Lt Sapphire
998 - Gold-Lined Rainbow Lt Jonquil
999- Gold-Lined Rainbow Black Diamond
|These beads are some of my favorites to work with. This series (color numbers 990 thru 999) includes both the super shiny luster finish as well as the soap bubbly rainbow iris. The gold colored lining contrasts with the brilliant glass color and finish to create beads with a wide color spectrum, which makes the beads easy to include in just about any design. View our entire color selection here!|
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
View our entire 4mm bicone collection here.