Take a look as we work with the bead makers for new ideas, new shapes.
First you must choose the form and the glass canes. There are forms called pinze for every size of each form, for example in hearts we have from 8mm, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20 to 35mm+.
The color of the beads turn to a bright red in the flame, making it hard to distinguish the decorations. For example this heart is two colors, black and white, but in the flame it appears as a single bright red heart.
The bead must be continually heated in the fire to prevent cracking and to be sure the bead is a constant temperature through out.
For the decorations, first you must prepare the “vetta” which are very tiny rods which must be pulled while hot to make such decorations as roses, dots, thin lines.
Once the beads are completed, they must cool before we can see the actual color.
Below are some samples from today. Watch for these out our website shortly. Once we have decided on the forms, shapes and colors, then we write the order and they begin production. In general it takes us about 4-6 weeks for the first production.
The tiny rods remind me of a peacock tail, so many colors. I cannot imagine how the artists don’t get overwhelmed from all the inspiration! The beads in the pictures are especially beautiful, like the ones w/twists the most.