But first, a little introduction to the Beam beads and the CzechMates family!
Beam beads are pressed glass beads of the highest quality. During manufacturing, pressed beads are made from piping hot glass rods pushed through a unique molding machine resembling an old-fashioned sewing machine. At the same time, needles are inserted into the beads to punch the holes. It is a fast-paced process: the glass must be re-heated repeatedly as the temperature lowers fast. The quality of pressed glass beads is determined by the craftsmanship of the master beadmaker, and it can differ greatly.