- Item: Czech Pressed* Glass Beads
- Measurements: 6x6mm
- Style: Bicone
- In Color: Pink Luster
- Quantity: Pack of 50
*The end of a long rod of glass cane is heated in a gas furnace until it is red hot. It is then inserted into a pressing machine which resembles and old fashioned sewing machine. The molten glass is quickly pressed into a mold while a needle is simultaneously inserted to form the hole. Only a few beads can be pressed before the rod must be heated again; therefore, the bead maker alternates between multiple heated glass canes in order to produce continuously. The pressed glass cools slowly as it makes its way down a slide and into a holding container. At this point the pressings do not resemble beads at all; they are still connected together by the excess glass surrounding the edges of the beads. The beads then go through two-stages of tumbling; one which breaks off the large pieces of excess glass and another which smoothes out surface imperfections.
Posted by Miki on May 13th 2016
The feel and look of these beads is so inspiring on one's design. They are absolutely gorgeous.