Poured glass beads. How are they made?
I was very interested in your article about glass beads, but I would like some information on poured glass beads. I have looked everywhere on the internet but can't find anything. Mostly it crops up with regards to vintage glass jewellery, especially Miriam Haskell pieces, and in relation to Gripoix and Chanel.
I sort of understand how they make cabochons but not the spherical, tear drop shaped beads in glossy colours with a smooth texture.
Often such poured glass pieces, especially Gripoix, are wrapped in wire to which the glass, often of a free form shape, actually seems to adhere and I can't find any information on how this is done either. Unless pieces appear in expensive costume jewellery, nobody seems to sell such beads.
Can you offer any information or suggest where to look?