Cloisonné Beads

Cloisonné (pronounced kloy-zen-A) beads have a metal base with wire soldered on the bead. These areas are then filled with enamel, which creates a stained-glass effect. The bead making process uses red copper / brass to make the body, then paints the pattern onto the bronze body by thin brass wires, fills the inlay pattern with enamel glaze material in different colors, and finally fires them over and over, polishing and gilding. Duie to this intricate process, these beads are quite expensive. This technique originated in Eygpt, but today these beads come from China.
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