BLOG MINI-SERIES: THE FABULOUS WORLD OF FINISHES!

Part 3: Czech Glass!

Next time you peruse your beads, think about the specific beads in your collection that truly stand out to you…the ones that make you just a little extra happy when you look at them. What about those beads makes you love them just a little bit more? I’m willing to bet it’s not so much the bead – but the FINISH! The same simple bead can be utterly transformed with various finishes currently available on the market. Today, in part 3 of our new blog mini-series, we’ll review Czech glass beads and just SOME of the amazing finishes that can be found coating them!

Here at Eureka Crystal Beads, we carry a huge selection of Czech glass! On our website we offer a variety of shapes and sizes in various colors that feature these lovely finishes. Below, in our third and final installment in this mini-series, I’ll review the many standard finishes you can expect to find on these lovely beads! Note: Often, more than one finish can be combined on the same bead!

AB ,

Rainbow,

AB stands for Aurora Borealis, and whether a seed bead finish is “AB,” “Rainbow,” or “Iris,” they all have one aspect in common: an oil-slick rainbow effect that tends to pick up on whatever else it’s near and can become more or less intense depending on the color underneath it. This will usually cover one part of the bead.

AB

Bronze These beads are coated with a bronze-gold glaze and baked.

Bronze

Iris Metal Rainbow-type coating, usually found mainly on opaque beads

Iris

Frost,

Ghost

Slightly less than a matter surface, a frosted finish may resemble sea glass!

Frosted

Opal If the glass is an Opal glass, it is generally milky and translucent. If it’s the finish that is Opal, the finish will give a bead a milky/pearly effect.

Opal

Opaque An opaque glass bead is one that is solid color throughout and that doesn’t let light pass through.

Opaque

Luster This finish, which is a transparent glaze, provides a white shine to the outside of the bead.

Luster

Marea A gold/orange effect over part of a bead

Marea

Matte Matte surface beads lack any shiny surface. (When combined with an AB-type finish, they truly take on a beautiful depth!)

matte

Metallic Coated in a metal-type finish that creates a highly reflective bead surface

metallic

Peacock A rainbow metallic finish, often with a blue/green tint

peacock

Pearl Opaque Luster coating giving the look of an actual pearl when applied over glass.

pearl

Satin – Soft dull or flat sheen A soft and hazy luminescent finish

satin

Transparent A clear bead with or without color that allows all light to pass though.

Transp

Vitrail Silver/Iridescent finish on part of a bead, often with a bright orange/pink tint

vitrail

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