lampwrk-beads-lnks – 12/19/03
Web links to info on historical lampwork beads by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: Lis <liontamr at ptd.net>
Date: Wed Nov 19, 2003 2:40:46 PM US/Central
To: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>,
Subject: Links: Historical Lampwork Beads
Recently I found myself in Carolingia (Boston area) at a Costuming Lecture,
and was able to stay with a kind and tolerant local couple in their
home--you know who you are. Thank you! As the lady in question was a very
talented Glass Bead (lampwork) artist, this list is in thank-you to those
kind gentles who were such wonderful hosts to myself and my apprentice.
There is very little SCA-relevant information on Lampworking on the Web, so
I encourage those of you who practice this artform to put your information
out there for others to see.
I hope you find this list, as always, useful and enjoyable. It is designed
to be forwarded on to others who would also find it enjoyable, so please do
so with my blessing, remembering that not eveyone enjoys multiple copies of
lengthy messages. I am always looking for topic suggestions for future Links
lists and also for guest Linkers. If you have a suggestion or are interested
in subbing for me on any given week, please reply directly to me at
liontamr at ptd.net . This list goes around the world untracked, and I do not
subscribe to all the lists upon which it appears, so a direct response is
always the best bet if you require an answer.
Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
Clare's Medieval Lampworking
A list of links, sources, and projects on medieval lampwork beads. See
espescially her bibliography for each piece.
EARLY MEDIEVAL jewelry
HUNNISH, OSTROGOTHIC, FRANKISH AND BYZANTINE:
A List of examples (few beads but still fascinating stuff). Hit the Home
button at the bottom to surf their other pages, which have quite a few
examples of medieval beads.
Stefen's Florilegium: Bead information
(Site Excerpt of ONE post in a list of gathered messages) And of course
beads of glass (from Sidon, Tyre and Egypt), onyx and carnelian
beads (from Yemen and India), emerald and sapphire beads (from Burma and Sri
Lanka) and ivory beads (from Africa by way of Constantinople) were imported
various times throughout the period. The best general work on the history
and provenance of various beads is:
Dubin, Lois S.. The History of Beads from 30,000 BC to the Present. New
Harry N. Abrams. 1984. ISBN 0-8109-0736-4. The hardcover is expensive... at
least $70, but I've been told that a paperback edition recently became
SCA-ARTS Citation List: Glass
(Site Excerpt) Information
Anglo-Saxon and Viking Crafts - Glass and Amber Working
Brian Kerkvliet's Glass Articles
Council for British Archaeology Research Reports - Medieval Archaeology
Flameworking Health and Safety Guidelines
The Enamelist Society
Glass Line Newsletter
Glassworkers Reading List
Historic and Modern Glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters
Mike Firth's Revised Glassblowing Home Page
and much more.....
Sundance: Using a Torch to Make Glass Beads,
Marbles and Sculptures.
(Site Excerpt) Keep adding glass by heating the glass rod and dripping the
molten glass to build up the bead. Do not aim the flame at the already
applied glass, direct the flame toward the glass rod. Rotate the mandrel to
make the bead round. Making the bead symmetrical takes practice.
Online Glass Museum
History of Art Glass Lampworking
(Site Excerpt) These 'beehive' furnaces have been recorded in a great many
ancient civilizations, indicating that making and working with glass may
have originated from a single source. Furnaces found in Japan are nearly
identical to furnaces found in North Africa. These furnaces dominated
glassmaking worldwide before the birth of Christ. Since beads are known to
have been an important medium of exchange in ancient times, the techniques
of working glass are likely to have spread far and fast across the ancient
The History of Lampworking
by Robert A. Mickelsen
(This site is apparently a verbatim duplicate of the site above. Not
knowing which is chicken and which is egg, I give you both. Site Excerpt)
Ancient man is widely presumed to have discovered glass by accident in a
campfire, and subsequently learned to make it in small earthen furnaces
shaped like beehives. Wood was the energy source and ceramic crucibles were
used to contain the compounds used to make glass. Air to fuel the combustion
was allowed to enter through portals at the bottom and was exhausted through
a round vent at the top. Tools were very simple, and mainly used to draw
cane out of the small, molten blob within the crucible.
A must-read as the author gives good information on material sources and
St. Louis Lampworkers Society: What is Lampwork?
(Site Excerpt) The first book on glass making was published in the 17th
century by a Florentine glassmaker named Antonio Neri. Beads then became
relatively cheap to produce and were carried as ballast in the trade ships
of early explorers and used as currency at their destination. Glass beads
were exchanged for furs, tobacco and sugar in the Americas and for slaves,
ivory and gold in Africa.
Snodgrass Glass Supply
Dates in the History of Glass
Rosary workshop - a history of the rosary
JOURNALING the BEAD
Gathered from church documents and tradition, bead resource books and
(Site Excerpt) This little chronology, is like stringing the beads of
history into place. It opens up two thousand years of time and becomes a
wonderful telling of how important it has been for people to keep track of
their prayers over the centuries so none are left unsaid. The bead keeps us
Center for Bead Research: Ancient Beads
A list of links
Lady Sveva's Bead Page
A showcase of "historic style" beads
Hands on Glass Beads!
Note from class taught by
Lady Sveva Lucciola
(Site Excerpt) Making a Basic Bead
1. Proper posture and form are the first things to learn!
2. Apply bead separator to mandrel and dry
3. Heat glass rod
4. Wrap glass on mandrel
5. Spin to form round bead
6. Cool for moment and place in blanket
7. Take off mandrel
See also History of the Glass Bead at
(Site Excerpt) Recently there has been excitement about the role India seems
to have played in early glass and stone production history. We have know for
a while that as early at the 4th c. BC glass was used to create false gems
and there was established glass manufacture in Ceylon from the 3rd c. BC.
India is also believed to be the first to develop the method of creating
gold and silver foil beads, which they exported all over the world.
The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to
appear to be favored by the gods. ---Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman
George Lang, restaurateur and author, wrote "Culinary history is a
collection of questionable happenings recorded by persons of dubious