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Vintage Beads: Glass Beads, Lampwork Strands & Stone-Set Clasps PDF Print E-mail

Vintage Bead Showcase
Glass PendantVintage Reverse Painted Glass Pendants
Highly collectible, these glass pendants feature a technique that was more common in the 1940's through the 1960's than today. Each pressed glass piece features a carved (a term widely used, however not entirely accurate since these pendants are pressed into moulds), intaglio motif that was then painted, often times by hand, or coated on the backside with solid opaque colors or later developed metallic and Aurora Borealis type coatings. This type of pendant was produced mainly in Western Germany, however we have found similar styles which were made in Czechoslovakia and Japan as well.
Vintage West German Aurora Borealis Glass Beads
Vintage West German Aurora Borealis Glass Beads
Some luscious rich tones in these recent finds. We stumbled upon some elegant fire polished style, pressed glass beads with a double AB coating to them that makes them really shine. Colors include light blue turquoise, sun orange and a green turquoise and in a couple of sizes. Fire polished beads are common today, usually made in Czechoslovakia. Although they are an elegant staple to anyone's bead stash, they don?t quite match the magic that the heavier German glass possess.
Lampworked Glass StrandsVintage Graduated Lampwork Glass Strands
We came across some lovely lampwound beads in graduated sizes in a dirty old box in a warehouse. Because they are from India and the beadworkers from India are not known for cleaning or reaming the holes in their beads, these finds were yucky! We lovingly rinsed and cleaned them and kept the old tags in place. You?ll be enchanted by the contemporary nature of these old beads - the graduated look of longer necklaces is quite trendy right now. Restring these lovelies for a classic yet very now, look.
Stone-Set Clasps
Vintage Stone-Set Clasps
These lovelies were found over 10 years ago by one of our vintage scouters in a desginer's overstock buy. We found boxes and boxes of them in their original packaging marked Made in Japan. Small cardboard boxes were loaded with tissue-wrapped packages. Just the packaging alone in some of these finds is a design inspiration. These pressed glass pieces were made in the 1940's and created to look like real jade. The press-moulded design (which is actually not carved glass: a term many will use) is a floral lovely garden motif. Hurry because they are limited as is all vintage and when they are gone, they're gone.
 
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