The glass is pressed under a mold for giving it a distinct shape. Earlier pressed glass beads only had the design of natural elements like flowers, leaves, and buds. However, over time, new shapes are given, which include bicone and round shape. Czech glass beads are most popular kind of pressed glass beads.
When glass is blown, it assumes a very fragile look, which is the specialty of this bead. The glassmaker uses a blowpipe for blowing the glass in the desired size. It is a hollow bead. Many times, gold and silver sparkles are added for creating an effect in it. There is no dearth of shapes in which these beads are available. Ranging from round, oval, cylindrical to tubular, the Glass Beads are just spectacular.
The awe-inspiring beads are made from many glass rods that are fused together and cut at cross sections. On a glass core, the sliced parts are applied and then liquefied. The resulting bead is a beautiful piece of artwork with beautiful patterns inside them. The most common patterns include flowers, snowflakes, leaves, and stars. The Millefiori beads have an ethereal look to them and provide a refreshing feel to the jewelry.
It is one of the most common methods of making beads and what makes it different is that it requires a good amount of hard work and precision. A rod of glass is heated and then on it, molten glass is applied. Under heat, the molten glass is maneuvered so that it assumes the shape of a bead. It is difficult to achieve the right shape of the bead and thus, the glassmaker has to turn the molten glass carefully. Colors are added and also the beads could be given bumps, frills, etc. on the surface. The lampwork beads are available in a huge variety and can be bought in bulk.