Glass beads can be used in a variety of jewellery and beading projects from creating necklaces, bracelets and earrings to sewing on fabric, clothes and accessories. They are available in a wide range of sizes, colours, patterns, finishes and also vary in the technique in which they are created. The most popular technique for creating fancy glass beads is still the traditional lampworking technique where coloured glass rods are heated and wrapped by hand around a mandrel then left to cool before removing. These can be made in single colours or left to cool and worked over in different colours to create interesting surface textures and shapes.
Crystal glass beads are faceted which means they have fine cuts on their surface to maximise their light reflecting properties and add a wonderful sparkling touch to your design. We have a selection of round, bicone and butterfly Chinese crystals in lots of stunning colours, sizes and finishes including AB and metallic. You will now find a sparkling collection of Czech pressed glass fire polished crystals and precision cut glass faceted crystals and pellet beads from Preciosa. We also feature a separate category of Swarovski Elements including Xirius Chatons, Rivoli stones, Bicone beads and Crystal Skull beads. Swarovski is known for making the highest quality of crystal beads with exceptional sparkle using a patented technique.
For a professional finish, choose from our range of high quality glass seed beads from Miyuki to create settings and bezels for your Rivolis and Chatons. Our plain glass beads are available in a large selection of colours and sizes. We have round, donut, nugget, oval and cube shaped with frosted, transparent, matt, shiny and opaque finishes so you are sure to find the perfect glass beads for your jewellery making ideas! To add a vibrant burst of colour to your jewellery incorporate our decorative millefiori beads in your design. Millefiori is a glasswork technique which displays distinctive patterns such as flowers and hearts within the bead which are all unique.
Czech glass beads are superb quality beads which are available in more unusual shapes such as pellet, tooth and dagger. They are known for being uniform in shape and size and display stunning finishes including pressed glass, luster and peacock. Our hand-made glass beads are sourced from around the world to give you the highest quality and more unusual variety to add a unique twist to your beading projects. We feature lampwork, hand-painted, silver foiled and ethnic glass beads which make an ideal focal point in your pieces of jewellery.
Learn how to create eye-catching bracelets, necklaces and earrings using our free design ideas to give you inspiration for incorporating these fabulous glass beads. Be sure to browse our range of stringing materials for threading your glass beads. We have chains, beading wires, leather cords, cotton and hemp cords, specialist beading threads such as Fireline and Spiderwire which are ideal for working with sharp edged glass beads and crystals as they are incredibly strong and will not fray. Choose your jewellery findings and start your glass beading adventure today!