Slider beads can carry a great deal of bling for your jewelry making designs!
Two makers of high-lead crystal stones in Czechoslovakia and Austria are Preciosa and Swarovski, respectively. Jewelry making beads frequently cradle these stones as part of intricate patterns. They are often applied to floral or geometric sliders cast in sterling silver or gold and accented with other attractive materials like faceted Lucite or other stones. High-lead crystal, being receptive to multiple prismatic cuttings, reflects light well and thus always intensifies beads for jewelry making. The brilliance of each stone in these depends on its lead content, cut, any surface coatings applied, and how it is situated within the design of the bead. Swarovski beads come in around 90 colors and finishes, and Czech beads by Preciosa, though lower in lead content, provide flash and color, with up to 50 varieties.
Here, we often provide CZ stones, which still can carrry a punch with color and sparkle, adding to your already amazing jewelry design. The same package of beads can be given to mutiple people and no person will do the exact same thing. That's the greatness of crafting and beading, it's all you, your style and your presence. Your jewelry designs are a part of you and what your about. All our products are made of base metals, unless otherwise specified, so please don't get it confused. The prices reflect as much.
Jewelry making beads with crystal accents
Those who enjoy making earrings and bracelets are often curious about the pieces they use, the beads, stones and bead findings of which their composed pieces are made. High-lead crystals, with their brilliance and silvery tone, are highly prized. It's interesting to note that the proportion of elements in the crystal material varies from maker to maker, which affects, of course, the final product. This is why high-lead Austrian crystals are visibly different from high-lead Czech crystals, though both elements serve beautifully beads for jewelry making. The raw materials for making this brilliant glass are silica sand, potash and red-lead. To understand how table glass differs from crystal, it helps to know that typically, table glass is 63% silica sand, 22% soda, and 15% limestone, while lead crystal is 48% silica sand, 24% potash, and 28% red lead. Colored glass is made by adding materials like metals, saltpeter, borax, or arsenic. Jewelry making beads accented with these high-lead crystals are the result of careful and skilled craftsmanship, and the journey is long but worthwhile from the raw materials found in nature to the final gems that decorate rings and necklaces, brooches and clothing.