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From my Washington Trade Bead collection this is a strand of four hollow blown ball beads.

Each bead is about 26mm in diameter.

Washington Trade Beads are one of fifty-five state and territory named design groups being developed for the American Trade Bead Permanent Collection, an encyclopedic like study of glass beadmaking technique slated for completion in July of 2035.

Still in the early stages of prototyping and development, Washington Trade Beads study an organic, surface color version of contemporary line work. The item above was made from a preform with multiple concentric layers of colored glass lines. After the flameworking was completed, the item was then cold carved to taper-reveal this patten and then the surface was sandblasted and oiled to give it a pleasingly tactile, natural satin finish. This design group will remain in development through 2012.

To find all of the Washington Trade Beads that are available for purchase on the internet, please follow this link:

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The item offered in this listing is a small step toward my lifelong effort to earn the title Master Glass Bead Craftsman.

My objective: design and assemble the finest single-source permanent collection of glass beads in the history of man.

My technique: divide glass beadmaking into fifty five individual studies and by keeping a small percentage of that work over a thirty year period, build a monument to the craft.

My doctoral dissertation to the title Master Glass Beadmaker, the American Trade Bead Permanent Collection, grows daily and currently holds more than three thousand objects.

Purchase of the above item is an investment into the life of a unique studio attempting to advance in a unique way thousands of years of glass bead history.

My name is Harold Williams Cooney. Invest in me; help me earn the title Master Glass Bead Craftsman.

For daily updates from the studio, for more information about the American Trade Bead Permanent Collection concept and to learn how the above item links into the whole, please visit my web site:

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Retailers and designers: I am a passionate entrepreneur, the glass bead is my currency of trade; I hear and understand your desire to purchase my product at a discount. The only way to purchase American Trade Beads at a discounted is though Etsy. Items are priced at retail and are discounted though the use of coupon codes. Discount percentages and coupon codes are individually negotiated and issued. Restrictions apply. Contact me and we’ll talk turkey.

American Trade Bead - Washington - Strand of 4 ball beads. Hollow blown boro glass lampwork. Relisted, original price 140.00


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