Czech fire-polished beads - a versatle bead in a huge range of colours
Coatings and Effects on Czech Fire-polished Beads
Czech fire-polished beads are one of the most popular Czech glass beads and come in a great array of colours with various coatings and effects. They are therefore a good choice for looking at some of the most popular colour options for Czech beads in general. You will often find these coatings and effects used on other Czech glass beads such as CzechMates and Les Perles par Puca bead ranges. We have highlighted here some of the most popular colours that you are likely to come across.
Plain opaque colours
One of the most popular plain colours is jet. Plain colours such as chalk and alabaster are also widely used as the base for various coatings and effects.
Plain transparent colours
These are some of the most popular Czech fire-polished beads and come in a large range of sparkling colours
These Czech fire-polished beads beads have a coating applied to half the bead. Common examples are gold and silver half coated beads which have a shiny metallic finish.
Fully coated beads including iris colours
The coating is applied to the whole bead. The examples below have a shiny metallic finish applied to the whole bead.
Other popular examples of fully coated beads include iris colours.
This very popular coating is named after the stunning Aurora Borealis lights. It is normally a half-coating on fire-polished beads which may be applied to a transparent crystal bead, a transparent colour or an opaque colour.
Other half coated effects such as vitrail medium
This is similar to AB but in stronger colours on a transparent crystal bead.
The magic colours are a set of six coloured effects which are also based on a transparent bead with the most popular being the lovely blue pink.
These beads are half or fully coated with a shiny metallic finish. One of the most popular is the fully coated California gold rush. Colours like Califoria blue on a crystal bead give vibrant flashes of colour.
Very popular metallic look coatings, often in neutral tones such as gold, silver and copper. The matt metallic mixes are also widely available
This popular group of colours comes in a very large range of shades which are often vibrant. You can easily mix them with all sorts of shapes and sizes of other Czech beads as they are widely available.
This is a small but popular range of colours with a chalk base which you can use to give a lovely subtle effect.
Chalk based beads are also available with some beautiful finishes such as the very popular blue lazure
The lustre coating give a beautiful shiny finish to the bead, whether transparent or opaque. It is often used on a chalk bead which gives a beautifully subtle effect.
A tweedy coating gives a flecked effect on an opaque bead. Colours such as gold, silver and blue are often used on over a jet fire-polished bead base.
These are often applied to blue, green and red beads and give a mottled effect. The result can be rich and luscious and may be used as an alternative to some semi-precious beads. You can also use them to create lovely contrasts with plain opaque beads.
This is similar to a Picasso effect but has a slightly different patterning. A common example is jet travertine.
These full coatings give an intense and varied colour to the bead. You can therefore use them to create a rich and opulent look.