Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Let Them Eat Glass Cake

This is an antique Murano lampwork bead called a wedding cake bead.

Usually the sparkly bits are done with adventurine (copper flakes) but these are very old and have 24k gold foil.

The necklace was found at an estate sale. It's a complete ruin. Alas, some of the coral colored glass beads are chipped and the metal is all corroded and the clasp doesn't open..

I find this kind of antique Venetian bead very inspirational. 

I was going to take the necklace apart and sell the beads on Etsy individually but changed my mind and put it up as is. Maybe some saint would like to restore it, or maybe somebody else would like to tear it apart for components. If you're interested it's up in my Curious Old Things etsy shop right now. (sold)

1 comment:

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This is an incredible necklace...I love beads like some people like drugs...:O-... this is purely lovely! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart