Color Quality Hand Blown Glass Beads
Our hand blown glass beads are extremely well crafted and
formed in the 2000 year old traditions of furnace made blown
glass. The beads come in either solid colors or stripes
and are shimmering and radiant. The beads come in a wide
variety of geometric shapes including squares, triangles, ovals,
rectangles diamonds and cylinders.
With over 50 vivid colors we arrange the beads into color
families. Solid color BRIGHT PRIMARIES... CARRIBEAN...
PASTEL and AUTUMN JEWEL TONE comprise the major color groupings
with an additional range of STRIPPED
beads. We pride ourselves on the superb quality, durability
and vivid, luminescent color of PENROSE GLASS BEADS.
Our aim is to provide you with great service, choice in the ordering
process, and wonderful glass beads for your
Every POUND ORDER is hand picked individually as no two designers
may choose the same colors for their work. Your
pound order is NOT just a scoop in a bin with little regard for
the colors and shapes you will receive. We pride ourselves
fast, individual service to accomodate your individual needs.
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ABOUT THE PROCESS
PENROSE BEADS are made from recycled glass. Our beads
are fashioned in the same process used in the glass
blowing factories of Venice and Sweeden. They are drawn
hollow rods made from a 2000 degree hot glass furnace using a
blowpipe and hand tools. We have a very small operation
and concentrate solely on bead making rather than producing other
items for sale. In this way, we can maintain the highest
quality and produce wonderfully colored, exciting and durable
for your jewelry making.
Barrels of discarded glass shards are shipped from the glass
factories of West Virginia to our glass blowing studio
in Western Masachusetts. . All of our hand made beads
are intricately layered with core colors that come from a small
factory in the Bavarian forest of Southern Germany.
Once the core color has been placed on the blowpipe, several
clear recycled glass are added and the hot glass is shaped to
form the outside of the bead. Next the hot glass is carefully
heated in the furnace and drawn out to a length of 25 feet.
After a slow cooling process, shorter lengths of the drawn out
rods are hand cut on a small lapidary saw using a diamond blade.
The individual beads are then tumble ground for 24 hours
to slightly round the edges. Once out of the tumbler, the
beads resemble beach glass in their matte appearance and are
and smooth to the touch. After a cleaning process,
the beads are placed into a small oven one by one, and
are fire polished
to a temperature of 1350 degrees. This process once again
turns the matte surface of the beads ro a high quality shinny
smooth finish and insures durability.