Venetian Bicone and "King" beads - Picture Collection 88
-These lamp-wound beads were produced from the 1760's in Venice, Italy,
and are reproduced in present times by most bead making countries around the world.
Lamp-wound beads are made using a pre formed rod of glass ( cane ) which is heated in a jet of flame until it begins to melt ( slump )
- this is then manually wound around a wire and shaped with a paddle, whilst adding other glass rods or elements to decorate it.