Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Glass and Bugle Bead

The history of bugle and glass bead making proves that man has been using glass beads since ancient times. There is enough evidence that there were many sophisticated methods, including core formed and wound are being used to form glass and bugle beads in early 2340-2180 BC in Mesopotamia and the Caucasus region which are now known as Russia, later on the complicated mosaic methods were developed around 1500 BC. In Nuzi (130 miles north of Baghdad) over 11,000 beads have been found that date before the site's destruction in 1400 BC. Hence the three major Ancient Glassmaking eras started with Egyptian, then Roman, Islamic influenced Eastern Mediterranean and at the end, this industry of glass bead making went to is boom in Venice. As each of these cultures developed and prospered, so did their bead and other glass working techniques. A bugle bead is a long tube shaped bead, made from plastic, glass or metal. They can be anything from 2mm to 5cm long. The most popular bugle bead is of the length around 5 to 6mm long. These are also great for embroidery works, and can be very effective in certain types of jewelry and craft work. They're often used as flower stems in embroidery patterns, or can be used to lengthen a fringe.

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