These beads vary in size from 15.3 - 17 mm high and are 6.8 - 7.7 mm wide or thick. They are perfect to use in larger earring designs.
Virginia and her husband Tony, personally make these fine quality hand blown furnace glass cane beads. These beads require much skill and experience to create. Only the finest lead free crystal is used in these beads resulting in a superior sparkle within the beads.
First molten glass at 2100 F if gathered from the furnace on a blowpipe. Next a layer of densely coloured glass is added, then several layers of clear,molten crystal, to create the size of bead desired. Sometimes colouredglass canes or rods (made by the artists) are added to create stripes and spiralling patterns on the beads. A bubble is inserted through the blowpipe into the mass of glass. The glass is then heated and shaped many times until the shape and temperature is just right. At that point this becomes a team event when Tony and Virginia stretch the glass into tubes, (much like taffy)to the length and diameters desired. After the glass tubes are annealed they are cut into lengths then sliced into beads. The beads go through a lengthy polishing process, after which they are ready to be made into marvellous creations