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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
09/29/2020, 10:56:15

I didn't purchase these, but I found them a very interesting and nicely decorated set that appear to be imitations of some Venetian bead designs based on sideways laid cane (example in second photo). The seller thought they were painted wood beads.

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So, what are the beads made from?
Re: Interesting Faux Venetian Trade Beads -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
09/29/2020, 13:52:05

Are they wood or some base, with a colored transfer that imparts a mosaic-glass-like pattern?



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I only know what was listed - painted wood
Re: So, what are the beads made from? -- Beadman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
09/29/2020, 19:24:34



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Re: So, what are the beads made from?
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Posted by: floorkasp Post Reply
09/30/2020, 06:23:12

Would not surprise me if the ones with the longitudinally applied are actually polymer clay. But, it will remain a guessing game...



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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
09/30/2020, 07:52:51

they look a bit lopsided- could they be coloured sealing wax?



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The single bead is glass. Strand of beads?? Need close photos.
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Posted by: rosetta Post Reply
09/30/2020, 12:15:12



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Yes the single is one of my glass beads - for comparison
Re: The single bead is glass. Strand of beads?? Need close photos. -- rosetta Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
09/30/2020, 15:08:38



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I guess I should have bought them so I could analyze them
Re: Interesting Faux Venetian Trade Beads -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
09/30/2020, 15:08:06



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Paper marbling
Re: Interesting Faux Venetian Trade Beads -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Hans06 Post Reply
10/01/2020, 00:36:54

I can’t say anything of the inside of these beads from a picture but I think the pattern on the outside is made in a kind of paper marbling technique. Oil paint in different colors is sprinkled on a watersurface. With a toothpick a simple design is drawn on that surface. Then the bead is dipped in the water and the oilpaint design sticks on the bead.



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Probably Not.
Re: Paper marbling -- Hans06 Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
10/01/2020, 13:36:04

Hello Hans.

There are certainly beads that have marbled-transfer decorations. (I showed some from my trip to Java in 2008—and I have occasionally seen them in a few bead stores.)

But in the present instance, it is clear the designs are based on and are interpretations of actual trade beads. These include millefiori details.

So I am inclined to think they are printed transfers—whatever the base material may be.

Take care. Jamey



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Re: marbling/swirly decoration
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
10/02/2020, 03:13:54

as the beads are rather lopsided shapes i suggest that the apparent swirly marbled effect is because they are made -perhaps over a wood base covered with more than one colour of sealing wax which can be slightly viscous. i have some examples in other colours but will have to look for them...



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Re: Re: marbling/swirly decoration with sealing wax!
Re: Re: marbling/swirly decoration -- stefany Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: stefany Post Reply
10/05/2020, 06:01:47

here are a few beads in my collection that are apparently wood covered with swirls of coloured sealing wax (or thick lacquer) - where the layers are cracking you can get an impression of the thickness. i will show some more but may start a new thread...
the style of long necklace with a tassel suggests early 20th C. the small black beads are Czech faceted glass.

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Re: Paper marbling -- Hans06 Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
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10/03/2020, 10:38:16



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