Purple & Gray

Vintage Amethyst Silver Lampwork (VGP-1)
$5.75 each
These beads were made one at a time using a small torch, a technique called lampworking. They are made by winding glass around a mandrel to form the base bead, then rolling the hot bead in pure silver foil, then gently reheating the bead to fuse the foil to the glass. Finally, amethyst glass is delicately trailed over the silver foil, which takes a deft touch because it's easy to overheat the foil and vaporize it! The patina that has developed on these beads over the decades is amazing.
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