Chinese Glass Lampwork Beads
Fancy Handmade Beads
Each of these wonderfully detailed glass beads is one of a kind.
Lampwork is the ancient technique of using a flame to melt glass
(once done with oil lamps, hence the name). Artists wind the molten
glass around a steel mandrel; then, while still working the glass
in and near the flame, the artists use various hand tools or metal
molds to shape the beads. They finish by embellishing the bead with
additional glass colors. These lampworked glass beads range from
whimsical to realistic, and include traditional styles of glass
work and exclusive designs made to our specifications. As with all
handmade beads, size, shape and color will vary, as will strand
length and quantity per strand. Size typically varies +/- 2mm.
that most multicolor strands of
lampwork beads contain more colors than are shown.
Glass beads made in China, India, and Indonesia are usually not
kiln annealed (a controlled cooling process that improves
durability). They are slightly more prone to breakage than glass
beads made in Europe and the United States, but are priced