Blown Glass Beads
How do you create these small unique, tubed pieces of blown glass? Glass blowing were first created back in the 1500’s in Germany. Hans Greiner glass blower developed a special kind of glass bead with silver lining inside. It almost looked like a pearl. Greiner’s the metallic silver bead were a hit all over Europe. Other glass makers in the mid 1800’s, created many other techniques. Czech bead glass makers in the 19th century were innovative, developing many designs and even creating Christmas ornaments. Czech glass beads were quite extraordinary. A lot of the time they would be a solid color like black with tiny carvings and silver blown inside that made the bead look like it had tiny mirrors.
Mold blowing beads are the most inexpensive way making a lot at once. These are light and colorful and most popular with the small villages in Mexico and Peru. Indians are most famous for making molded gold beads. Indians use them in most of their native costumes and jewelry; gold is cherished in India.
It might sound like an easy task to make glass beads, in fact it’s not. Indians use the old way of m. They prepare the tube then heat the tube, breaking it into a mold. Then they start to blow a little melted glass at a time, pull it down, forming a tube. To get the silver or gold into the tubes to make the bead look metallic the glass blower needs to suck it up the molded glass tube. This practice was abandoned by the Europeans but Indians still use this method today.
It’s still a question where exactly blow glass beads first originated, some say India or others from Germany. One thing is for sure glass blowing beads was an incredible creation; art jewelers all over the world are happily creating.