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Colorado Trade Beads - Set of 6 solid squat beads

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From my Colorado Trade Bead collection this is a strand of 6 solid glass squat beads. Each of these rondelle shaped beads is about 24mm in diameter with a small hole suitable for use with bead wire.

Colorado 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.

Colorado Trade Beads study the perhaps glass's oldest surface pattering technique, trail and drag also known as raked stringer. In the item above, fine trailed threads of colored glass have been raked or dragged across the surface using a glass or steel pick. After the flameworking was completed, the item's surface was sandblasted and oiled to give it a pleasingly tactile, natural satin finish.

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

The American Trade Bead

The item offered in this listing is a link in my learning chain, part of my lifelong effort to
earn the title Master Glass Bead Craftsman.

My objective: 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 Glass Beadmaker, the American Trade Bead Permanent Collection, grows daily and currently holds nearly three thousand objects.

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

My name is Harold Williams Cooney. Invest in me.

For more information about my concept and to learn more about how this item links into
the whole, please visit my web site:

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