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6mm Blue/Teal Azuro Bicone Beads [50]

6mm Blue/Teal Azuro Bicone Beads [50]
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Price Per Lot: $3.20
Lots Available: 4
Style No. (bin): G1797 (bya+)

Style:  G1797
 
Cost per bead:  6.4 cents

Bead material:  Glass

Country of origin:  Czech Republic

Size/shape:  6mm bicones.  A bicone is shaped like two pyramids joined at the base.

Colors/description:  A mixture of opaque light blue and translucent teal with a metallic dark blue ("azuro") coating on part of each bead.  Some beads appear to have some clear glass in them.  When molding mixed colors, the Czech manufacturers often use clear glass as a "carrier" for the other colors, apparently because it is more viscous (this is actually my best guess; I don't know for sure).
 
Hole size:  1mm (estimated).

Defects:  More than 95% of the beads appear to be in good shape.  However, the photographs revealed a few beads with cracks.  (Later I also discovered some broken beads in the bag.)  I estimate that the percentage of cracked beads is less than 5%.  I don't ordinarily reduce the price when defects are under 5%, but this time I took 20 cents off each lot.

How photographed:  At the window in natural daylight.

Comments:  These are very interesting, complex beads.  They are fairly expensive because I got them from one of my more expensive suppliers.
 
Date first posted:  May 25, 2010
 
Supplier:  B
 
Caleb's notes:

6mm Blue/Teal Azuro Bicone Beads [50]
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