Friday, March 21, 2014

Annealing Murano Glass Beads by VenetianBeadShop

Annealing Murano Glass Beads - Why and How
First Why would we want to anneal our Venetian Glass Beads?

Annealing takes the stress out of the glass much the same way annealing metals relieves the stress. While the beads are being made, small amounts of stress are created by the different temperatures of glass which are being applied. It is essential while making the beads to attempt to keep all the glass at a consistent temperature. However, the glass on the exterior of the bead will cool at a faster rate than the interior because it is exposed to air.

Ways to Anneal: Our small beads are annealed in the same method they have been annealing in Venice since the beginning of the bead industry there.

First: Flash Annealing, putting the bead back into the fire once it is completed to maintain the entire bead at the same temperature. You must be careful in this step if you have exterior 24kt Gold Foil, or .925 Sterling Silver Foil and for all decorations. If you leave in the flame too long you risk distorting your decorations and burning the foils.

Second: Today we use vermiculite to help maintain the heat in the bead so that it slowly cools. After the flash annealing, the beads are pushed into a deep vat of vermiculite, not touching each other. They cool in this material for hours.

Annealing Oven: This is popular with "lampworkers" around the world. We use this type of oven for our larger, more sophisticated beads and for blown beads.

For more information on Annealing Murano Glass Beads, visit our onsite VenetianBeadShop Blog

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dichroic Murano Glass Beads - Adds Sparkle

There's no such thing as too much sparkle. Our Murano Glass Beads begin with the timeless glass from the furnaces of Murano, produced in much the same manner as hundreds of years ago.

Add 24kt Gold Foil, and Dichroic, for the color popping Venetian Beads. These are some of our newest designs and now available on our website.

To learn more about our use of this high tech dichroic glass on Murano Glass Beads, read our Blog on our website.

Learn how Jerry Sandberg, engineer and part-time jewelry designer took this highly complex technology and offered it to the artistic world.


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Sunday, April 03, 2011

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

NEW Furnace Glass Links

Don't miss our new Furnace Glass Links, they make it easy for you to use the furnace glass in your Venetian Jewelry, a couple of jump rings and you are done. We have in a limited supply but will be adding more in the fall. We are experimenting with colors and sizes. FUN AND FASHIONABLE VENETIAN GLASS JEWELRY

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gold Foil Beads - Learn How

Take a ingot of pure gold and make beads! Well that's essentially what we do when we make gold foil beads. The first state is melting pure 24 carat gold at temperatures wel over 1000 degrees Celsius (1832 Farenheit). The mathmetical formula for this calculation is: F = (9/5)C + 32. The word in Italian for this trade is "battiloro" and in English it simply means "bead gold". This technique dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and the machinery may have changed but the techniques are still the same.

If you'd like to learn more, click here

This is the source of the warmth and glow of all our authentic Murano Glass Gold Foil Beads. Enjoy the story.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm feeling really guilty for not having posted in such a long time. We have a facebook page and a twitter page but we will be sure to maintain the blog, especially when we have something good to say.

Our PERLAVITA line is very popular. These fit all popular styles of large hole bead jewelry. Our authentic Murano Glass Beads in this large hole line have the colorful use of Murano Glass colors and our gold foils and silver foils. Click on the picture to see all the possibilities. PERLAVITA means "for the life" in Italian or "bead/life". See the posibilities!


Sunday, October 04, 2009

VenetianBeadShop Named Top 100

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Leader in craft supplies, VenetianBeadShop continues to add new products at great prices.

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