Bead work in Europe has a history dating back millennia to a time when shells and animal bones were used as beads in necklaces. ... French beaded flowers were being made as early as the 16th century, and lamp-work glass was invented in the 18th century.
Native Americans had made bone, shell, and stone beads long before the Europeans arrived in North America, and continued to do so. However, European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans.
Creative people today are learning the ancient techniques and replicating old works to sell or wear. Here are a few of the items I created. These are off-loom, done with a needle and beading thread one bead at a time.
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Bead-woven jewelry that is hand-made from tiny glass or metallic beads and special beading thread require special care as with any high-quality piece of jewelry.
#1 Always store in a dry place with out direct sunlight.
#2 Avoid dropping or throwing them down onto any hard surface. Remember they are made of glass.
#3 Never expose beaded jewelry to water, perfume or any chemical, including soap and detergents, creames, lotions, disinfectant, etc.
#4 Do not wear doing dishes, taking showers, or swimming.
#5 Do not wear to bed. It may snag and break.
Although there are a lot of things you cannot do with the beaded jewelry. If worn correctly it will last a lifetime if care for properly and will become a family heirloom.
Last rule! Enjoy your jewelry and wear it often.