5/0 (4.5mm) Clear AB Rainbow Czech Seed Bead
|1 - 4||$4.95 ( Selling price )|
|5 - 24||$3.50 ( Selling price )|
|25 or more||$2.35 ( Selling price )|
These size 5/0 Czech glass AB Clear seed beads are the largest size we stock. Used predominately for decorative surface treatments on clothing and textiles in addition to fashion jewellery, such as friendship bracelets, they are also a good size for children, (over 5 years). They can also be used in hand bead weaving e.g peyote stitch because of their uniform shape. These glass beads are made by the established glass company Preciosa (prior to that Ornela a state run factory by Jablonex) in the mountains north of Prague in the Czech Republic. Seed beads are also known as rocailles (French “little stones”) and are made of the highest quality glass by the drawn glass method. Literally the glass is drawn out to become a long hollow tube and then cut into small pieces. Czech seed beads are easily recognisable by their round doughnut shape. The symmetrical shape of the beads can be appreciated even more when beads are strung. Regularity and consistency of the shape set Czech seed beads apart not only from Chinese but also, contrary to popular belief, from Japanese seed beads. Whether you are a design student, DIY crafter, or jewellery designer you will discover just how versatile these beads are. Seed beads are affordable and durable to work with. At Etelage we offer the largest range of Czech glass seed beads in Australasia, with over 90 colours available in our 5/0 seed bead range. The variety of colours, finishes and sizes available give the crafts person broad scope in creativity. Sizing is based on the size rod used for the manufacture of glass beads. The smaller the number, the larger the bead.
- AB – clear
- Size 5/0 Czech glass seed beads
Each small bead measures about 4.5mm & a hole size of 1mm.
- 20grm packet (approx x 175 pieces) 100grms (x5 packets, approx x 975) 1/2kg (x25 packets, approx x 4875)
HISTORY OF AUORA BOREALIS (aka ‘AB’ or rainbow finish)
It’s hard to believe that the rainbow-hued fashion phenomenon is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year in 2016:
the famous Aurora Borealis effect, which took the industry by storm in the 1950s, has reached the age of sixty. Swarovski’s Aurora Borealis effect began life as the muse to Christian Dior’s creative vision, thereafter appearing in countless couture collections. To this day, it rocks the ranges of legendary fashion greats such as Escada and Une Ligne.
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Artisans around the globe have used seed beads for nearly 500 years in jewellery making, producing elaborate clothing textiles and tribal regalia. Beaded articles are a symbol of a person’s marital status, wealth and power. Beads communicate different societies’ values especially in Africa where a Zulu love letters (iNcwadi) is used as means of maidens communicating to their lovers with each colour and combination having a specific meaning. In Massai bead work there are 40 words for different types of Massai beadwork. American Indians also used intricate beaded motifs to communicate between tribes. Each tribe had their own distinctive geometric or floral design.