Czech Glass Dagger Beads: Patterns and Stunning Jewelry Inspiration

Copyright 2011, Rose Clearfield
Copyright 2011, Rose Clearfield

When I started beadweaving, I became fascinated with Czech glass. I started designing pieces with Czech leaf beads in 2009. I enjoy all sorts of glass bead shapes, but more recently, I've also taken an interest in Czech dagger beads. They are a little hard to find, especially larger sizes and in bulk. It can also tough to find specific colors sometimes. However, they are well worth it. I've included some resources at the end of this hub for dagger beads. If you're having trouble finding any specific sizes and/or colors, let me know.

I think that dagger beads are something that anyone who enjoys jewelry designing, especially beadweaving, should work with at least once or twice. I have included some of the best dagger patterns that I can find as well as some other stunning examples for inspiration. Enjoy and happy beading!

A few guidelines for patterns:
1) Please note that unless it is otherwise noted in the for pay pattern listings, they are for the PDF patterns ONLY and do not include any supplies such as string or beads.
2) Unless it is specified otherwise, all patterns are appropriate for beginner beadweavers and beyond.
3) Unless it is specified otherwise, all patterns are for personal use. You do not have permission to make items to sell. If you are interested in selling your items, please contact the pattern authors directly to discuss a separate contract.
4) You can find all of the patterns in the article that are NOT linked directly by searching "dagger pattern" under the Supplies tab on Etsy.

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Pattern #1: Dagger Fringed Peyote Cuff Bracelet

Normally I do not explicitly promote my own jewelry and patterns on HubPages. That's not why I'm here. However, I do use examples of my own work as it is appropriate. I created my own dagger pattern in early 2011, which has done really well. This bracelet combines one of my trademarks, the skinny cube base, with a simple, fun dagger fringe. If you need help adding side fringe as I did in the bracelet pictured at the top of this hub, let me know.

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Pattern #2: Gavi-Necklace

This pattern is for a gorgeous necklace with dagger detail that is made in a right angle weave technique. The creator, Isabella, says that this is a perfect pattern for anyone learning single row triangle right angle weave. She has a kit for this necklace available as well, which I've linked below. This pattern is available in English and Hebrew.

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Pattern #3: Celestial Flower

Isabella has one more beading patterns with daggers, this time for a flower. Of course I love this pattern because it also uses a lot of leaves! She suggests that the flower can be used for a pendant, but I'm sure that there are other possibilities for it, too. This pattern is also available in English and Hebrew.

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Pattern #4: Gerbera

This stunning pattern by Simone allows you to create a different kind of flower. This time the daggers are the sole petals. The color combinations and applications for these flowers are endless. You can use them for pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. A single flower would make a wonderful focal for a wider cuff. You can also use them for brooches. This pattern uses the peyote stitch and is appropriate for intermediate beadweavers and beyond. It is available in English and German.

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Pattern #5: Crochet Dagger Bracelet or Necklace

For those of you who enjoy bead crochet, this pattern is a perfect way to learn how to add dagger detail to your designs. This pattern does not include instructions for bead crocheting so you should have at least a basic knowledge of this skill before attempting the pattern. Check out this free online resource to learn a lot of the basics of bead crochet.

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Pattern #6: Double Daggers Bracelet

This free pattern is for a simple wire strung bracelet that combines rectangle and dagger glass beads. There are no specific details about the difficulty level, but I would recommend a basic knowledge set of wire skills, such as using crimp beads and tubes, before attempting it. You can easily adjust the sizes of both the rectangle and dagger beads for this project as long as you consider that you will need larger quantities of smaller beads for a bracelet of the same size and vice versa with larger beads.

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Pattern #7: Beaded Caterpillar Bracelet

This is another free simple wire strung bracelet. This one combines furnace glass and dagger beads. Again, I recommend having some knowledge of basic wire skills before attempting this. The author recommends matching the furnace and dagger beads, which will create a monochromatic piece. You can mix up the colors, too.

Example #1: Crystal Petal Bracelet

This is another great way to use daggers for your basic wire work.
This is another great way to use daggers for your basic wire work. | Source

Example #2: Peaceful Multicolored Purple Dagger Bracelet

Obviously I love this fully fringed look.  The base is a more traditional method for dagger fringe than the one that I use.
Obviously I love this fully fringed look. The base is a more traditional method for dagger fringe than the one that I use. | Source

Example #3: Desert Sand Daggers

I've admired this bracelet for a long time.  This is a great option for a wider cuff, although you can adjust the width however you like.  I love the side detail.  You could easily add more.
I've admired this bracelet for a long time. This is a great option for a wider cuff, although you can adjust the width however you like. I love the side detail. You could easily add more. | Source

Example #4: Sweet Tangerine Earrings

This is an awesome option for those who love wire wrapping.  The orange is amazing in this piece, especially paired with the copper.
This is an awesome option for those who love wire wrapping. The orange is amazing in this piece, especially paired with the copper. | Source

Example #5: Oval Silver Earrings with Red Dagger Beads

Using a small amount of daggers with simple wire or bead work can be striking, too.
Using a small amount of daggers with simple wire or bead work can be striking, too. | Source

Example #6: Beadwoven Earrings - Black/White

I love this kind of beadwork with fringe for earrings.  You can adjust the size of the piece to accommodate larger daggers.
I love this kind of beadwork with fringe for earrings. You can adjust the size of the piece to accommodate larger daggers. | Source

Example #7: Nebula

Consider mixing daggers with all sorts of other jewelry components such as gemstones or gemstone chips like Sarah does.
Consider mixing daggers with all sorts of other jewelry components such as gemstones or gemstone chips like Sarah does. | Source
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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

How beautiful these designs are. If I had to choose I believe it would be the desert sands bracelet, but they are all desirable!


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

Such intricate work. Love the pictures of this beautiful jewelry. I especially like the purple dagger bracelet.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

What exquisite jewelry. I am really impressed by the design and color. I have a very good friend that makes glass for jewelry in Italy and is very successful. I appreciate all types of creative ways to make jewelry , Thanks for the lesson,

Peter


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you so much everyone! I'm glad that you're enjoying all of these jewelry pieces. Peter, I agree about appreciating all types of creativity when it comes to making jewelry. There is so much talent out there!


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Jimmy Evola 5 years ago from Australia

Interesting hub, keep writing


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

These are lovely patterns, so lovely to look at the beautiful creations.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you Jimmy and CaseWorker! I will, Jimmy.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful jewelry as always. Thank you very much for always share with us. Vote up! have a nice weekend..

Prasetio:)


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you! You too.


Isabella Lam 5 years ago

Glad to find my tutorials included in such gorgeoues recommendation!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I was happy to include them!


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UniqueVanities 5 years ago from Ohio

Really beautiful creations! Seems very versatile too--like you could wear them for an evening out or a casual afternoon!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! You're right, many of them are very versatile!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow these are all super cute! Thanks so much for sharing. Rated interesting and beautiful. :)


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much!


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jamterrell 5 years ago

Yes, I love the design.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you!


5 years ago

Voted up. Some great designs.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you!


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lulu hewitt 4 years ago

I love the vibrant colors and designs that you use on your Czech glass.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks!


Vicki Lapp 3 years ago

 You are so incredibly creative! And your color combination of beaded ornaments is fantastic. I absolutely love these! 


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Vicki! I can't take credit for those ornaments, but I'm glad that you enjoyed them.


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Jacobb9205 22 months ago from Gloucestershire

Beautiful design!

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