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Pulled Barrel Glass Beads

The world of glass beads produced in the Lagoon is truly an extraordinary one. During their journey over the centuries, Venetian beads have given life to both jewels and other decorative objects, but have also represented a sought-after bargaining chip, which during the centuries was object of intense export to the colonies of West Africa, India and the Americas.

In Venice this production (which is still flourishing) originated as early as the fourteenth century and one of the first processes adopted was the speo (skewer) one, whereby a small quantity of molten glass was rotated over the fire and operated with a needle of iron until you got a pierced bead. In the second half of the fifteenth century it was possible to grind beads from a multi-layered perforated cane, with a star section (chevron bead), and then in the sixteenth century the renowned technique of lamp work beads was perfected, which it involved the use of massive rods.

The processing of the pulled barrel beads originates from the cutting and grinding of glass rods with a hole in the center, with a particular decorative element. Among these is the Rosetta glass bead (fascinating already from the name), designed in the fifteenth century by Maria Barovier, daughter of Angelo Barovier, glassmaker for generations and great innovator of this art.

The glass rod has been drawn since the earliest days of glass.

A suitable quantity of glass is collected with the short non-perforated metal rod, which is given a cylindrical shape.

If the barrel needs to be drilled, a longitudinal depression is impressed inside it with a tool and the cavity is closed by immersing the glass again in the crucible.

Then the cylinder is attached at the other end to another shorter rod, already prepared with a small amount of glass.

Two glassmakers, holding the two tools, quickly move away from each other, shaking the pipes according to a method tested for centuries and resting the glass pipe on thin wooden sleepers arranged along a corridor, for fifty meters or more.

The cane is immediately cut into long segments. It does not require annealing and slow cooling.

The non-drilled barrel and the millefiori barrel are drawn in the same way.

Pulled barrel beads are divided into two categories: Conterie glass beads and Rosette Chevron beads.

In our online shop you can find a selection of both.

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