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lampwrk-beads-lnks – 12/19/03


Web links to info on historical lampwork beads by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


NOTE: See also the files: beads-msg, beadwork-msg, glass-bib, glasswork-msg, jewelry-msg, pearls-msg, amber-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I  have done  a limited amount  of  editing. Messages having to do  with separate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make  no claims  as  to the accuracy  of  the information  given by the individual authors.


Please  respect the time  and  efforts of  those who have written  these messages. The  copyright status  of these messages  is  unclear at this time. If  information  is  published  from  these  messages, please give credit to the originator(s).


Thank you,

    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

Riverouge, Aethelmearc


Clare's Medieval Lampworking


A list of links, sources, and projects on medieval lampwork beads. See

espescially her bibliography for each piece.





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

(Anglo-Saxon glass)

Flameworking Health and Safety Guidelines

The Enamelist Society

Glass Line Newsletter

Glassworkers Reading List

Historic and Modern Glass

Lampworking Lingo

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.


About.com--lampworking information


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


Gathered from church documents and tradition, bead resource books and

general history.


(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

and more.....

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



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