Czech glass is so much fun to use due to the large choice of shapes and sizes and colors and finishes. Â I enjoy using Czech glass mainly for earrings, but many people use the glass for necklaces, bracelets and other projects. Â Czech glass has a long history which I find extremely fascinating. Â I thought I would share what was found with you:
Czech glass flowers are popular and come in many, many colors. Â These bell flowers have an aurora borealis finish and can be found in the studio of susan of solivioÂ
The countries that now make up the Czech Republic (present day Moravia and Bohemia) possess a long a tradition of glass beadmaking.Â Three things came together in this area to help make glassmaking an important piece of history: (1) silica in Bohemiaâ€™s mountains; (2) numerous streams to provide water power; and, (3) abundant forests to provide wood that was necessary for glassmaking fires.Â The oldest discovery of glass beads within the Czech Republic dates from the early Bronze Age (app. 8th centuryÂ BCE).Â Celts lived in the area and were very adept at glassmaking and enamelwork.Â ArcheologicalÂ remains confirm that glass beads were very popular in those times.
Faceted tangerine and yellow Czech glass ovals with two colors of Swarovski crystals makes this a very sparkly bracelet by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns
Czech glass/beadmakersÂ were mostly decentralized cottage crafters making beads for use in largerÂ factories before the 19th century. However, when a period of industrial revolution took placeÂ in the 1800â€™s, new machines were developed that could produce a vast variety of beads.Â This process was one of pressing molten glass into a heated mold. Thousands of identical beads could be created quickly and rather inexpensively.
Picasso finish Czech glass seashell, pink coral and unakite earrings by Mary of PrettyGonzo
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To expandÂ their markets worldwide, Czech "sample men"Â traveled from country to country asking people what kind of beads they wanted.Â When they returned to Bohemia with sketches and descriptions, new beads would be designed.Â It was a huge success!Â Bead demand grew and production increased.
Multi colored Picasso finish Czech glasslass and leather wrap bracelet by Zara of GemonaWire
Glassmaking stumbled during the two World Wars and the rise of Communism.Â But since the fall of the Berlin Wall, glass/beadmaking once again became very important to the regions of Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic.Â New techniques are constantly being invented as I notice every time I walk into a bead store!
Here are some more choices of jewely made with fabulous Czech glass:
Turquoise Czech glass beads complementÂ this Egyptian inspired bead woven necklace by Mortira of TheSagesCupboardÂ
Picasso finish Czech glass hearts with engraved flowers and Swarovski crystals were used in these earrings by Catherine of ShadowDogDesignsÂ
Glowing Picasso finish Czech glass ebads, silver ebad caps and blackstone earrings by Regine of KarmelidesignsÂ
Blue Czech glass bell flowers and Swarovski crystal earrings by Elaine of LittleApples Â Â
Picasso finish Czech glass spiral shells and carnelain earirngs by Mary of PrettyGonzoÂ
Copper peacock tail components and Picaso finish Czech glass coins by Catherine of ShadowDogDesignsÂ
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about the history of Czech glass. Â If you would like, please leave a comment and make my day (: Â Thank youf for visiting my blog.
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