Friday, August 21, 2015

More New Bracelets & Matching Necklaces

Some new dangle bracelets and a few matching necklaces I recently made.

Murano Beaded Bracelet at my Polymer Panache shop: Click here:

What is the difference between Venetian Beads and Murano Beads?
There is no difference. The glass used to make the beads originates in Murano. However, Venetian Glass has been used to describe the glass coming from Murano for centuries and since Venice is much more widely known than the island of Murano, people continue to refer to it as Venetian Glass, Venetian Jewelry. So beads and jewelry made from beads produced in Murano are sold in the stores in San Marco (the famous square in Venice) as Venetian Glass. It's a matter of marketing terms and that Venice is much wider known than Murano. When the glass furnaces were moved from Venice to Murano, the Doge specifically gave the residents of Venice the right to make small pieces (lampwork) which included beads, small animals, the kind of art made by the canes (which of course are produced in Murano). Historically some of the best known bead houses have been in Venice, namely in Cannaregio. 

 Blue Green Glass Bead Bracelet and Matching Necklace.

Pink Cat's Eye and Aqua Crystals Bracelet and Necklace.
All these handcrafted bracelets and matching necklaces can be seen at my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Salsa Bracelet

Using up my Lucite Flower Beads.  This colorful bracelet definitely says "Dance with me"
  In addition to the flower beads I've also added crystals, pearls and some silver accent beads.

New Bracelets

Started making some dangling bracelets with some of the many beads I have in my stash.  
The technology for glass beadmaking is among the oldest human arts, dating back 3,000 years. Glass beads have been dated back to at least Roman times. Perhaps the earliest glass-like beads were Egyptian faience beads, a form of clay bead with a self-forming vitreous coating. Glass beads are significant in archaeology because the presence of glass beads often indicate that there was trade and that the beadmaking technology was being spread. In addition, the composition of the glass beads could be analyzed and help archaeologists understand the sources of the beads.

This blue bracelet is made with Furnace Glass Beads.

 Furnace glass
Italian glass blowing techniques such as latticinio and zanfirico are adapted here to make beads. Furnace glass uses large decorated canes built up out of smaller canes, encased in clear glass and then extruded to form the beads with linear and twisting stripe patterns. No air is blown into the glass. These beads require a large scale glass furnace and annealing kiln for manufacture.

 These handcrafted bracelets can be found in my Etsy Shop Polymer Panache