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CLOISONNE

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HEARTS

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OVALS

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ROUNDS

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SHAPES

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TEARDROPS

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TUBES, CYLINDERS, BARRELS

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Cloisonne beads are enameled metal, and produce a picture or mosaic similar to a stained glass window.  These beads come in many colors and shapes.  Special "gold", "silver" and "imperial" beads are a little more intricately made, as are "twisted wire" cloisonne beads.  There are also cloisonne "wiggle" pendants, like fish, turtles which are found in our CHARMS section.

You might be interested in the cloisonne wiggle fish and other animal pendants in the CHARMS section,

as well as our Metal Beads With Ethnic Designs - Oriental in our METAL section.

 

Color Chart

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Black

Green

Light Blue

Light Green

Navy

Pink

Purple

Red

Rust

Turquoise

White

Yellow 
(really a light beige-yellow) 

Carnelian

Midnight

Navy/Yellow/Red

Jade

Orange
(really a bright yellow)

     
White/Navy

White/Green

White/Black

White/Red

Making Cloisonne Beads

Cloisonne is an enameling technique in which thin wire partitions (called, cloisons) are filled with enamel.  This technique is very old, and was practiced in ancient Byzantium and China.  First, delicate strips of copper wire are bent to create a design, then are placed and soldered onto the bead's surface.  Next, the spaces are filled with different colored enamels.  Finally, the bead is fired and polished several times to produce the desired effect.  

 

Step 1: Body Making
Step 2: Wiring, Soldering
Step 3: Coloring, Firing
Step 4: More Coloring, Firing
Step 5: Third Coloring, Firing
Step 6: Polishing
Step 7: Final Polishing
Step 8: Gilding