Glass bead

The second manufacturing technique used in the creation of hand-made glass beads is the drawn or hollow-cane method. Drawn beads were made when a glass blower acquired a mass of molten glass on the end of his blow pipe. Next the mass was blown into a bubble. An iron rod, held by a second glass blower was attached to the opposite end of the bubble. The two workers move quickly in opposite directions, stretching the bubble into a long, thin tube. The tube was allowed to cool, and later was cut into shorter rods. The rods were eventually cut into individual beads. The bead in this image is round and aqua blue in color. It has been reheated and tumbled.


Personal, Decorative, Bead

AAS Catalog Number


General Provenience

Lot 35 Tavern Cellar