Most of my Vintage glass beads come from
Germany and Czechoslovakia and were made in the early to mid 1900's and offer a wide array of hue and shape.
They are type of pressed (think molded) glass and are very
uniform in shape. The canes of glass that were used in this process frequently contain more than one color, sometimes even three or more. Using an opaque core often surrounded by a different transparent color created a tantalizing mixture and reflection of light. There are still some of these old canes in existence that are again being used to make beads. If the canes are old, but used to make the beads more recently, does that mean it can still be called a "Vintage" bead? Hmmm...
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Vineyard Sky Bead Design of Martha's Vineyard