thebeadmaking process

The lamp-working technique uses a specific torch which burns gas and oxygen and reaches 900°C (1652 F) temperature. 

This temperature makes it possible to melt colored canne di vetro that are poured over a copper stick.

By rotating the copper stick steadily, it's possible to create a glowing sphere, the shape of which can be defined by using steel or brass pliers, or simply by hand.

During the previous phase different decorative techniques can be used and combined to create even more detailed beads.

pastel

Using specific opaque glass rods, different decorations and designs can be drawn on the bead's surface.

submerged gold and silver

Gold and silver leaves are placed on a colorless glass core, which in turn will be covered by colored glass - hence the term "submerged".

avventurina

Small copper octahedrons are fused in the bead and eventually molded to create intricate and bright decors on its surface.

pestato

Scrapes of broken glass rods are given new life by fusing them in the bead to decorate its surface. Talc can be used to give the final product a opaque finish.

The bead is then left to cool down in a container full of perlite.

To obtain a hole in the bead itself it will be necessary to melt the copper stick by acid, a procedure that is carried out by a specialized third party company based in Murano.

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