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ABOUT HANDMADE BEADS

Beads have been around for a LONG time. They have been made from many different substances including Clay, Paper, Metals, Resin, Plastic, Horn, shells, porcelain, wood, ivory, gemstones and glass.

HANDMADE LAMPWORK glass beads are made on a metal rod or copper wire. Molten glass is wound on the rod and then designs are added to enhance the bead. Millefiori is used to decorate many beads. It is a type of mosaic work involving many layers of glass to create a pattern and then the large design of glass is pulled out into a long thin rod and then cut to reveal the beautiful designs within. These designs are then placed onto a bead or other glass work and melted into it to create multiple complex designs in a very small space.

After the handmade Lampwork Glass beads are made, they are then put into an oven to heat all parts evenly and then allowed to cool slowly to reduce the stress in the bead. This is called annealing and it is a necessary part of beadmaking.

After the bead is cooled, if a copper wire was used, the bead is immersed in an acid bath to free the wire , but in our Indian made beads we generally use a iron rod which is coated with bead release (POP), which is a type of kiln wash specially made for beadmakers, which allows the bead to come off the rod when immersed in water.

Colour Variations

Colour variations depending on the batch of the Glass. This is much like carpet lots in that batches of glass made at different times, using the exact same recipe will have variations in color, which can be due to such things as humidity or temperature. Colour Variations will always be there in all the beads whether its made of Glass, Ceramic, Resin as in all the case we need to make colour by hand.

Size Variations

We size the beads (approximately) as it is a norm within that particular bead type. Individual beads will vary in size as they are handmade. You will find variation of Size in all the beads whetehr its Glass or any other material. Imagine that you are making cookies or bread. Does each of your cookies come out exactly the same? So if you want beads to be exactly round, exactly the same size you will need to stick to machine made beads. Humans simply cannot do this.

Gold Foil, Silver Foil on Outside

All beads begin as a round ball, as that is the natural flow of the melting glass rod over the mandrel (whether the mandrel is copper or iron). Then to apply the foils to the beads, using a small square of foil, the round ball is rolled over the small square. Now think of trying to giftwrap a ball in a square. You have a bit of excess at the ends of your ball. This is exactly how the beads are made and there will always be tiny bits of the goldfoil which excapes to the outside of the bead. This is not an imperfection nor is it a reason for rejection.