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EAST INDIAN LAMPWORK GLASS

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CANE FLOATERS

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 These transparent beads have pieces of glass cane that appear to float within.   

COLOR ENCASED

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 These glass beads have a color core and a clear encasing.

COLOR SWIRL

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 These  transparent beads have a color swirl through them.    

CONFETTI

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 These beads use liberal applications of silver foil, either on the outside of the bead, or surrounding the bead core.    

CORAL / TURQUOISE

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 These beads use glass imitation coral and turquoise pieces.

CUBIST

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 These beads have a modern sensibility, with a transparent entrapment of a random cyclone of color. 

DECORATED

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 These beads have elaborate balls, canes, snaking glass designs over a solid shape and core.    

DOTS

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 These beads have small or large "dots" applied around their periphery.    

FALLING LEAVES

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 These beads leaf-like shards of color that look like they've fallen from a tree above.   

FIRE POLISH

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 These hand-cut glass beads are imitations of Czech fire polish faceted beads. Faceted Cubes, Tapers, Teardrops.

FISH TURTLE FROG

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 These beads are shaped like a fish, a frog or a turtle.   

FOIL FLOAT

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 These beads have random, scattered shards of foil floating within the transparent mass. 

GEM

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 These beads have a band of gold foil or color-cane with inset beads of different colors. 

GLASS AGATE

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 These beads look like worn agate rocks

GLASS DONUTS

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 These larger shape-beads have a large center hole, like a donut. You'll find some donuts among some of the other styles as well.   

GOLD FOIL

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 These   beads use encased gold foils to decorate the beads.  

HEARTS

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 These beads are heart shaped. You'll find other heart-shaped beads within some of the specific East Indian glass bead styles,as well. 

HONEY LUSTER

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 These beads take their name from the color of their finish. 

IVORY LOOK

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 These glass beads approximate the look of ivory.

LUSTER OTHER

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 These beads have a lustre finish.

LUSTER OVAL

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  These beads have a lustre finish.

 

LUSTER ROUND

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  These beads have a lustre finish.

LUSTER TEARDROP

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  These beads have a lustre finish.

LUSTER TUBE

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  These beads have a lustre finish.

METALIZED GLASS

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 These beads have a metalized or rainbow iris finish which gives them an oil-slick sheen.   

MISCELLANEOUS DECORATIVE

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MOSAIC

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 These beads are wonderful combinations of glass canes.   In some designs, faces are formed by the canes.  

POSEY

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These beads emesh clusters of canes and bugle beads within a sheeth of glass. 

ROSE

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 These beads have rose cane floating within the mass.    

SILVER FOIL

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 These beads have silver foil either on the outside of the bead, or on the inside, to give a silvery effect.

TWO TONE

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 These beads are imitations of a popular two-tone type of Venetian bead.

VEILS

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 These transparent beads have color-veiled cores.  

     

 

 

These glass beads are made by hand by a process called lampworking. Most are copies of famous lampwork beads made in Venice, Italy. Many are near exact copies. East Indian glass is very inexpensive. The tradeoff here, comes in durability. Lampworkers in India do not pay close attention to the annealing process. There are a few other craftsmanship issues. However, to achieve a full handmade look at a very affordable price, these east indian lampwork beads are very good values.

East Indian beads will slip 1mm cord, so are ideal for use with leather, hemp or hat pin stems.  [ There will usually be a small percentage of beads in any package that will not slip 1mm.]

 

These East Indian glass beads are lampwork beads.   Most are copies of famous lampwork beads from Venice, Italy, which may be 10-20 times the price.   When you place an East Indian bead next to its Venetian original, you will clearly notice the difference in craftsmanship and artisanship, and fully understand the price variance.    When not placed next to the original, however, these are terrific looking beads.

 

These lampwork beads are typically not adequately cooled in a kiln.   It is important, when making lampwork beads, that you allow the outside of the bead to cool down at the same rate as the inside of the bead.  If not, the consequence is that these beads will have fractures, and will eventually crack or break, which is all too characteristic of East Indian lampwork beads.   This may happen in a day, a week, a few months, a year -- it will happen sooner than later.

 

Glass beads from East India are ethnic-looking, colorful, and exotic.  They have great interplay of colors, details and finishes.  These hand-crafted beads vary slightly in color and size.  In any one package, most, but not all, of the beads will have holes that will slip 1mm leather cord, or hat-pin stems.  For cords and findings, link up with our FINDINGS ALCOVE.  

 

Beads from East India are beautiful, but it is important to note that they are less durable than comparable looking beads from Europe or the Orient.  They are also, of course, much less expensive.  

 

We buy beads from India by weight, and somewhat sight-unseen.  Our stock will vary from month to month.  Please indicate if you want us to substitute a similar bead in size, color and design if we happen to be out of stock of any of the beads listed on these shelves.

 

Fancy East India glass beads are intricately designed and decorated with such things as goldstone and silver foils, inlaid glass beads and canes, lustre finishes, and the like.

 

Because these are hand made, the sizes and colorations will vary somewhat.   "Somewhat" is more than a little, and less than a lot.   For example, a bead listed as "14mm" may range  in size from "12mm" to 16mm".