Color Explosions: Boro Glass Beads

So what are Boro beads exactly?  Borosilicate is a type of glass that is very hard and requires great heat to melt.  It was first used in laboratory glass or cookware, such as Pyrex.  In the 1980’s art glass pioneers starting using Borosilicate to create beads. 

During the beadmaking process the boro glass rods can change colors using the chemistry of oxygen and heat.  Boro glass beads are usually encased in clear glass to show off the colors better.  Because of it’s strength it can be used to create more sculptural beads. 

Source: Wikipedia

Read more from the Art Bead Scene’s WikiBeadia: Borosilicate Glass.

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10 Comment

  1. Malin de Koning
    January 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Great post!

  2. Anonymous
    January 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    With such gorgeous beads to add to my 'stash', I need help in organizing my beads and supplies! I would love to hear how any of you organize/store your art beads, so they are easily visible and easily inspirational! Thanks:)

  3. Salzanos
    January 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I did not know this! Thank you, that is what I love about art, creativity, there will always be new things to learn. Love these photos too!

  4. Christine'sCreations
    January 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    That is so interesting. Those beads are stunning.

  5. Christine'sCreations
    January 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I am always amazed by what people can create with glass. Those beads are amazing. Thanks for the great info.

  6. LaBelle
    January 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    well, it looks like it's never too late to start learning something new. Great post.

  7. EmandaJ
    January 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I Love boro glass beads, they seem to encase exotic worlds.


  8. Jenni C
    January 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I love how Boro can be earthy and organic, and yet it seems to be able to have such brilliant pinks and brighter colours as well. One day I would like to give it a go..

  9. Jeanniek
    January 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    The boom boro beads are crazy cool.

  10. stacilouise
    January 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I loved this post….and I totally bought those frosty spring colored discs from two sisters designs. *sigh* I am hopelessly addicted to beads.

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