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Saturday, April 10, 2021

CUFFS

Although cuff bracelets date back to ancient times, fabric cuffs began in Europe during the Renaissance for the purpose of preventing the edge of shirt sleeves from fraying.

The metal cuff bracelet pictured above can be found at GLAZED COPPER CUFF WITH STONES (beadshaper.com)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

ORIGINS OF GLASS BEAD MAKING


Glassmaking is believed to have begun about 5,000 years ago in the Middle East, perhaps in Mesopotamia. Some think glass was discovered as a by-product of making metal which had originated in an earlier millennium. The earliest glass objects were apparently beads. Since then the art of making beads has been perfected. The contemporary lampwork glass bead pictured above was created by Rose. You can see more of her glass beads in her web site gallery at www.beadshaper.com/gallery 

Monday, March 29, 2021

JEWELRY METALWORKING

Metal working means shaping metals into useful objects (artistic as well as functional). The earliest metalworking was probably from around 5000 BCE and the first metals were probably copper and gold. Copper is more abundant than gold, but copper usually needs to be refined from ore that is not pure copper, and gold occasionally can be found as pure nuggets. Later copper was alloyed with tin and other metals to make bronze which is stronger and more malleable. Even later copper was alloyed with zinc to make brass which is smoother than copper or bronze.

The copper cuff bracelet pictured above can be found at CAPTIVATING COPPER CUFF BRACELET (beadshaper.com)

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

CUFF BRACELETS


Cuff bracelets date back to ancient times when it was often worn by nobility as a sign of social status. Pharoahs were depicted wearing cuffs in ancient pictures. Romans wore cuffs. In the Western hemisphere, Mayan Kings wore metal cuffs.
The copper cuff bracelet with a lampwork glass heart shaped bead pictured above was handcrafted by the Beadshaper and can be found at
HEART BEAD ON COPPER CUFF (beadshaper.com)

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Friday, March 26, 2021

BRASS


Brass is a metal which is an alloy of copper and zinc with a bright yellowish color and a smooth low friction texture. Brass was probably first made around 500 BCE. It is used in making various items including musical instruments, plumbing, and jewelry.

You can find a brass bracelet at BRASS AND SILVER CUFF BRACELET (beadshaper.com)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

AMAZON WOMEN

The Amazon women in Greek mythology were supposed to be a community of women warriors who only kept men around for breeding. They were said to live at the southern coast of the Black Sea. Interestingly, archeological excavations of ancient ruins in that area has indicated that there were some women warriors among the people living in that area in ancient times.

You can find the cuff bracelet pictured above at AMAZON WOMAN COPPER CUFF BRACELET (beadshaper.com)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

BLACK LIVES MATTER

The Black Lives Matter movement protests racially motivated killing of Black Americans. Such killings in many cases have been facilitated by the gun anarchy that exists in our country. The movement began in 2013 after the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the subsequent acquittal of Zimmerman.

The glass pendant pictured above is named Black Lives Matter. The light blue flowers and green stems represent life, and the black background represents Black Americans. The pendant can be found at BLACK LIVES MATTER GLASS PENDANT WITH BAIL (beadshaper.com)

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