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Re: Rosanna, I would be delighted to have this bead for study purposes! -- Beadman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
05/02/2023, 12:46:42

Rosanna's bead is on its way to me now, though I have been thinking about it.

The exterior of the bead suggests conventional lampworking and trailing (based on the appearance of the decorations). Yet the center of the bead is granular and gray--suggesting the bead was built around a composition base. But this seems unlikely for an otherwise conventional glass bead.

What if it were actually the opposite?

From my trip to Nigeria in 1998, I know that there were "beadmakers" (actually bead-alterers) who would perform tasks, such as putting broken beads back-together using gray powderglass. This was not a subtle treatment. It was quite obvious. I bought a strand of these beads (that I still have, somewhere).

So now I an wondering whether the intent may have been to reduce the size of the perforation of a conventional glass bead, by introducing gray powderglass into the perforation channel (?). This, of course, need not have been done in Nigeria. Any competent bead-alterer could have done it. And we know that beads are altered in Ghana as well.

I will respond again once I have seen the bead.


Modified by Beadman at Tue, May 02, 2023, 12:47:43

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