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CzechMates beads

CzechMates beads.

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CzechMates (also called "two hole tile beads") are flat, square, pressed glass beads with two parallel holes. This style of bead, which is manufactured in the Czech Republic, was originally produced in the 1930s and was recently reintroduced.

Each CzechMate measures 6mm square by about 3mm thick and has rounded edges (unlike the sharper edges of two-hole Tila beads). CzechMates' holes are 1.25mm in diameter, making them appropriate for beadweaving with a needle and multiple passes of thread.

Tip: Another style of Czech bead -- called "one hole tile beads" or simply "tile beads" -- look very similar to CzechMates. When bead shopping, always double check the number of holes in your beads before completing your purchase.

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