New O-beads From the Creator of Rizos

There's a new bead shape in town! Sabine Lippert, a Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year and creator of the Rizo bead, has introduced another bead shape to the market: the O-bead!

Top: O-bead design by Heather Kingsley Heath
O-bead designs by Cindy Holsclaw. Top: Magic O Ball. Bottom: Lucky O Bracelet

These little glass rings are very similar in size and shape to the old Czech glass rings, but differ in a few important ways. First, there's the issue of consistency in size. Sabine sought out Czech bead manufacturers who could guarantee consistency in size and shape, so that when you buy an O-bead in New York, it's the exact same bead that you will get in California, Canada, or anywhere else. Just like your favorite cylinder bead is prized for it's highly consistent shape and size, the new O-beads are a perfect 4mm round ring, 1.5mm thick, with a 1.5mm hole through the center.

The colors of these beautiful little O-beads are what really knock me out. You can find O-beads in opaque, luster, metallic, iris, and even those yummy "magic" colors of the Czech spike and gumdrop beads.

And the bead artists have gone mad for O-beads! Cindy Holsclaw and Heather Kingsley-Heath have created some incredible designs using these innovative little glass rings, and Sabine has a few kits and patterns available on her website as well.

You can find a great selection of O-beads from Whimbeads online, or ask at your local bead shop.

Bead Happy,


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Jennifer VanBenschoten

About Jennifer VanBenschoten

Born in New Jersey in 1974, I escaped to the Adirondacks for the first time in 1995, making it my permanent home in 2000.  I have been interested in beads, buttons and making jewelry as long as I can remember.  It's probably my mother's fault - she was a fiber artist and crochet historian, and whenever she ordered supplies from one mail order source, she would order a huge bag of assorted buttons and beads for me and my sister!    

4 thoughts on “New O-beads From the Creator of Rizos

  1. I have used these O-beads in a bracelet; however, the silver rubbed off before I finished the project. Why don’t these manufacturers put the permanent finish on these beads? It is very disheartening to make a project only to have it ruined. I love the bracelet; however, I hate the fact that the o-beads have turned black instead of their lovely silver color. If other seed beads can have a permanent finish, why can’t these?