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Glass Beads: A short explanation
Glass beads were first made over four thousand years ago in Egypt. A rod of glass (made previously) was melted over a small furnace with a hole in the top, and the molten glass trailed around a thin metal rod (a mandrel) covered with a mixture of mud or clay and straw, to form the separate beads. This rod and the mixture were easily removed when the beads had cooled. Usually Egyptian beads were blue, and often decorated with yellow stripes or spots.

The Romans also made beads, and the tradition was continued by the Venetians and later the Bohemians. Today, all over the world, hand-made beads are created by lampwork techniques very similar to the original Egyptian methods. Larger scale production continues in Czechoslovakia, Venice and Japan. Historically beads have been used for trading as money, for personal ornament and decoration, as valuable assets (found for example in Egyptian tombs) and as beautiful objects in their own right.

If you are looking for collectable glass beads, you can usually find them on offer on ebay click here to see some of the collectable glass beads currently for sale on ebay

Here are some books on beads. Click on any book cover or title to read more about that book.

Irish glass beads book Middle Eastern and Venetian Glass Beads 8thC to 20thC Glass Beads of Anglo-Saxon England c.AD 400-700 A Bead Timeline: Prehistory to 12th C Asia's Maritime Bead Trade 2002 Glass Beads in Ancient India Bead Inspirations 2012 Glass Beads: Tips, Tools, Techniques, 2011 Major works by 40 glass masters, 2008 Know about Glass Beadmaking 2003 1000 Glass Beads 2004 Classic beads of Jim Smircich 2001 Making Glass Beads 1997 Create Glass Jewelry 2013 Jewelry designs with artisan beads 2013 Jewelry projects with Venetian glass beads 2012 Glass Bead Jewelry 2011 Art Bead Jewelry 2009 Beaders Handbook Lampwork 2009 Lampwork beads and glass jewelry 2008 Touch of Glass 2008 Design Jewelry with Glass Beads 2008 Creating Lampwork Beads 2007 Designs for Beaded Jewelfy 2006 Creative bead book 1995 Irresistible bead book 1996 new bead book 1992

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