Czech Glass Beads - Pansy Flowers

Table cut beads are cut on a special grindstone using a technique that originated about 100 years ago. Czech table glass beads are all handmade making each bead slightly different.

 

To begin, the glass is pressed into shape and then tumbled.  Once the beads are smooth they are coated with a finish. Most table cut beads are finished with a picasso, travertine, or metallic coating.   The picasso beads are sprayed and fired.  The travertine beads are smoked in kiln with wet oak and chemicals and the metallic beads are vacuum pressed. 

 

Finally, the beads are placed between two rotating metal discs.  The surface of the glass is sanded down to reveal the glass color underneath creating a window into the beads.The result is a beautiful, vintage style bead.