Translucent Blue-Green Seed Beads

Translucent blue-green seed beads are one of the most common bead types found anywhere in Europe and Asia. There are lots of cobalt blue beads and lots of opaque red (mutisalah) beads, but translucent blue-green are pretty darn prevalent.

I had been a bit disappointed, because when I went to bead stores or looked online, I couldn’t find any. That is, I couldn’t find any that weren’t rainbow, silver-lined, or frosted. Since they’re so popular in archaeology, I was fairly annoyed I couldn’t find any modern ones to use in my beadwork. Continue reading

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Beaded Butterfly

Last week I made a beaded bee. This week, I decided to tackle a beaded butterfly (because butterflies are awesome).

One wing done...

One wing done…

Butterflies are way harder to make than bees. Continue reading

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Korean Glass

I am by no means an expert on Korean glass, and I won’t claim to be one here. I also haven’t looked at Korean glass as much as other regions, so please take this as a general summary rather than an expert account!

Some of what I summarize here is taken from articles I’ve read and will include below. Other information comes from conversations with James Lankton that aren’t really recorded anywhere. Most of this info is about 4 – 5 years old, so there may be things we didn’t know before or things we thought we knew that we really don’t anymore. Continue reading

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Eye Bead from Craigsfordmains

This is part of a new series (another one, I know!) looking at beads that are currently housed in museums. Essentially, I’m going to pick one at random each week and tell you as much as I can about it. I’ve looked at thousands of beads, all in museums, and many museums put their collections online, so this will last quite a while. Here’s the first installment: an eye bead from Craigsfordmains, Scotland.

Craigsfordmains or Craigsford Mains (spelling seems questionable in relation to the beads) is located in Berwickshire, Scotland near the town or Earlston.

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What Color Is That? Part 1

I’ve talked a lot about color in the last week or so, and it’s only going to increase. So here’s the first of several posts on how to actually talk about the color of a bead.

I’m going to start with monochrome beads, because those are relatively simple. In fact, I’m going to talk specifically about monochrome glass beads, because those are perhaps the simplest colors we can get with beads.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that red beads could be a variety of different reds, and that really, so long as the primary color of the bead is red, it’s a red bead. Continue reading

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Red Beads

Last week I started talking about monochrome beads. I’m going to have posts on the general colors we see in beads, and I promise I will try to make it not just about glass! I figured we’d start at the beginning of the rainbow, so we’re going to talk about red beads today. Continue reading

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Translucent Blue Bicone

Yesterday I went to a local bead store called Thistle Beads. I haven’t been in a bead store in AGES and I probably shouldn’t be allowed in them, but bead stores make me crazy happy.

What makes me even happier is when I find beads that are identical or nearly so to beads I’ve seen in archaeology.

So yesterday, when I found a BUNCH of such beads, I was pretty darn ecstatic. And now I’m going to share them with you one buy one over the next few weeks, because they’re wonderful.

The first is a translucent cobalt blue bicone:

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Beaded Insects!

My dad is an entomologist. Well, he’s a biologist, really. He likes plants, bugs, birds, and most mammals. But when I was growing up, my friends (and significant number of kids in Rhode Island) all knew my dad as The Bug Man. He would go into schools and teach everyone about insects and how they had a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. He taught us about how bees only sting you if it’s a life or death situation, because they die immediately after. But hornets didn’t, and were a lot meaner than bees. Continue reading

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Beads in Space?

The currently unmanned Orion spacecraft, which will be used to take manned missions to Mars after 2020, was set to launch this morning. It had to cancel for today and will try again tomorrow morning due to issues with certain valves not closing.

There is a not-for-profit organization that plans to send people to Mars to start a new colony starting in 2024.

People going into space isn’t new to those living in 2014, but it’s incredibly new to humans as a species.

With people in space and people planning to set up colonies on other planets, there are some interesting implications for the future of archaeology and anthropology. Continue reading

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Monochrome Beads

I’ve talked a lot about various shape modifications that beads can have, and now I’m going to start going into color variations. The first main color variation is whether the bead is monochrome (one color) or polychrome (more than one color).


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