The Handblown Glass furnace beads are Hand Made in Canada by Virginia Wilson Toccalino and Tony Toccalino using Italian glass working techniques, at their glassblowing studio in Milton, On., in the greater Toronto area. First they gather molten glass at 2100 F from the furnace on a blowpipe. Next a layer of densely coloured glass is added, then several layers of clear, molten crystal, to create the size of bead desired. Sometimes coloured glass canes or rods (made by the artists) are added to create stripes and spiralling patterns on the beads. A bubble is inserted through the blowpipe into the mass of glass. The glass is then heated and shaped many times until the shape and temperature is just right. At that point this becomes a team event when Tony and Virginia stretch the glass into tubes, (much like taffy) to the length and diameters desired. After the glass tubes are annealed they are cut into lengths then sliced into beads. The beads go through a lengthy polishing process, after which they are ready to be strung with .925 Sterling Silver beads into jewelry. It is important to sign our work so many of the necklaces and bracelets have a signature bead (made by Virginia) just before the clasp. Prices are $USD.
Juicy colours abound in these tiny creations! There are many colours or combinations of colours available other than what is shown here. Custom orders welcome, design your own colour combinations.