Answered By: Beth Hylen
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016     Views: 10

Please take a look at these beads in the Corning Museum of Glass exhibit. The first looks similar to the beads in your illustration:

"Composite Eye Bead" http://www.cmog.org/artwork/composite-eye-bead-8

Cindy Jenkin's book is one of many that shows how to make "eyes" of alternating blue and white dots:

Jenkins, Cindy. Making glass beads. 1st pbk. ed. New York: Lark Books, 2004. 112 p. 

Call Number:   TP859.2 .J43m 2004  (there are earlier 1993 and 1997 editions)

I would be happy to send more information about this technique.

This "Bodom" bead is also part of our new exhibition of beads:

http://www.cmog.org/artwork/bodom-bead

The beads are formed from the powder of crushed glass that is placed in a mold or shaped by hand into beads with a core.

Please let me know if you would like more information about these types of beads or beadmaking.

FYI - here is information about our exhibit: http://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/life-string-35-centuries-glass-bead 

 

I am sending some pages from Bandhu Dunham's book Contemporary Lampworking: A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame, vol. 1, 3rd ed, that describe and illustrate "Making Mosaic Cane," pp. 99-106.

I also added our bibliography for "Murrini / Millefiori / Mosaic" glasses (these may be interchangeable terms). The list includes both flameworked and furnace canes.

Are you sure the beads illustrated are millefiori? They look like they could be reproduced with a series of brightly colored dots, melted onto a turquoise base. It would be interesting to see the full article and the archeologists' description of the beads.

If you wish to obtain copies of library items in our list, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Your library can contact us through OCLC or they may send an Interlibrary Loan form to us by e-mail. We send copies of articles and will also loan certain books if a second copy is available in the library collection. Books are loaned for a four week period. For further information, please see our web page: <http://www.cmog.org/research/library/about/interlibrary-loan>.

Please let me know if I can help you again.

Sincerely,