Silky beads are pressed (and sometimes table cut) glass beads made in Czech Republic.
Czech Glass Silky Beads gained huge popularity all over the world. The stylish 6x6mm square beads with two parallel holes running diagonally through the bead, they allow to continue your weavng pattern from all four sides of the bead. Silky Beads work perfectly as a central element in bracelets and earrings.
Another common way to use them is to create a band of interconnected silky beads that leaves the angular sides and plain full-covered middle.
At the beginning, there was just 1 classic type of Silky Beads:
It has a raised diagonal level on the face side and a flat back side. The raised line runs opposite of the diagonal thread paths inside the bead.
These type of Silky beads remains popular and relevant now, but since late 2014 - 2015 there were new 4 types of Silky beads coined in Czech factories. These are: Silky X, Silky Clubs, Silky Arcobaleno and Silky Valle. These 4 are the newest addition to the silky beads family and new tutorials are coming using this particular forms of Silky as the trendiest and the newest. Let's look at them one by one:
1) Silky X (2 parallel diagonal holes like in classical Silky):
Here on the photo you can also see the effect of Table Cut finish on the beads: it creates a perfectly plain surface of the side of the bead(here on crosses) and make them reflect the light almost like a mirror! It also allows for fresh color combinations, as Table Cut finish reveals the color of the glass of the bead that in pressed beads is usually hidden by applied finish on top.
2) Silky Clubs (2 parallel horyzontal holes like in Tile beads):
3) Silky Arcobaleno (2 parallel horyzontal holes like in Tile beads):
4) Silky Valle (2 parallel horyzontal holes like in Tile beads):
As you can see, right now there is a new tendency for creation of universal Silky beads that can be used together or interchanged with Tile beads by CzechMates. In other words, Silky Valle, Silky Arcobaleno and Silky Clubs can be used in any beading pattern in place of Tile beads, while Silky X can be a fresh solution to try in place of the classic Silky beads.
Don't be intimidated by the newness of the forms and experiment freely with the new shapes of Silky beads! If you know how to use Tile beads or Classical Silky, you'll find new shapes of Silky beads an easy and trendy way to update your beading creations!
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