Even as the drums of World War II echoed, skilled artisan glass beadmakers kept their furnaces hot and productive across Czechoslovakia, Italy, Germany -- and even Japan. Amazing, isn't it? Amid the chaos of nations, beadmakers kept finding ways to do what they do best, what their families have done for centuries. Over a gas-fired flame, they start with a rough machine-made glass bead and finish a few minutes later with a smooth, delicately patterned and layered, and richly colored bead -- a small work of art, really. These were beads of workmanship, some exceptional.
That's why when a new stash of lampworked glass beads from the 1940s arrives on the IBISwoman design table as it did a few days ago, we are excited. They come from a dark East Coast warehouse, never having been touched in more than 50 years until now.
Stay tuned for a new collection of vintage glass necklaces, bracelets and earrings here at ibiswoman.com.
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