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« on: February 23, 2010 01:19:05 PM »

I'm not sure this is the right board for this but... I don't know a lot about bead types - just a little from making some jewelry of my own.  I came across these, they were on a vintage leather cord that was decaying as I watched it.  I looked for them online but can't find anything even remotely like them.  Any ideas?  Thanks in advance!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010 11:17:30 PM »

They're called Lampwork Beads and are handpainted.

« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010 07:21:39 PM »

Thanks Flia.  I looked up "lampwork beads" on google and it came up with blown glass beads and others that didn't look quite like these, so I was a little confused.  Appreciate the help Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010 08:36:55 PM »

You could take some bracelet sized memory wire and alternate the fancy beads with smaller plain ones and make a fun bracelet.  You could also make another necklace similar to what it looks like now on bigger memory wire, or beading wire.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010 12:15:59 PM »

huh...they kinda look like wooden beads that I have in my stash...like THESE?

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010 12:47:42 PM »

Those aren't lampwork beads - lampwork are blown glass. Without holding them my guess is those are wood with decals placed on them.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2010 04:09:57 PM »

They're wood, I used to have some in the very same pattern.

« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010 12:42:58 AM »

Like wood beads

« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2010 12:20:59 PM »

Thanks Flia.  I looked up "lampwork beads" on google and it came up with blown glass beads and others that didn't look quite like these, so I was a little confused.  Appreciate the help Smiley

Now... what can I do with them? Tongue

These painted wood beads would make a great tribal style long necklace. You could use other wood beads with different patterns and some Hill Tribe or Bali silver beads. If you didn't want to spend the money on those silver bead options-pewter beads would be great and come in all kinds of cool designs. Another idea-if you don't want a long necklace is a short 18" double strand necklace with the same look. Hope that helps. What I like to do is put beads on a small part of the beading string-a couple of inches-see how it looks. If it looks good, keep on going and if not-no big deal- just unstring and start over. Good luck!
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