Czech Glass Beads
Czech Glass Beads are formed by pressing hot glass into a shaped mold, then the Bead is polished to give an opaque, glass-like appearance. Fire Polished Beads are also first pressed into a mold, but additionally have a scratch resistant covering applied to them, as well as a smoothing out of any rough spots or seams on the Bead surface. A final, high quality polishing is then done. The fire polishing technique gives a much more lustrous finish to the Bead and gives it more slightly rounded facets. Many different colors and varying finishes are available in both the Czech Glass Beads and the Fire Polished Beads.