Precious Metals Bead designed by Terry Henry
This Made in America handcrafted Twilight glass Precious Metals Bead was designed by Terry Henry, a visiting bead artist at Fenton. The bead reminds one of midnight moonbeams. Precious metals add a new dimension to glass beads. They are used in two forms, melted into the glass formulas or added as pure metals to the bead duringthe forming process.
Notice the multiple shades of silvery blue in this bead. Pure silver is dissolved in the Cobalt Blue glass and rises to the surface of the blue as it is heated in a special reducing flame. The artist then uses a palette knife to slice through the blue glass multiple times to reveal the darker blue underneath. The bead is then cased in layers of molten clear glass to magnify the hues of silvery blue.
Terry Henry, a California native, took her first flame working class in March of 2005 and immediately fell in love with beadmaking. Terry has taken additional classes from an array of exceptional instructors across the country. She is an award-winning glass artist and authored articles for the major bead journals. The beauty of Terry’s precious metal beadwork brings a new direction to Fenton. Because of the handmade process, bead size may vary from 1/2'' to 5/8'' in diameter.
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In an age of mass production, Fenton remains committed to honoring the tradition of expressive, handmade creations. Each Fenton Made in America bead bears the signature of handcraftsmanship; those slight variations that convey distinction, character and charm. The handcrafted Fenton glass bead collection includes many of Fenton's unique glass colors and historic treatments. Each Fenton bead has an approx. 3/16'' sterling silver core embossed with Fenton USA. Fenton is the only beadmaker creating handpainted beads using high-fired enamel paints, giving Fenton's handpainted beads unmatched design flexibility and strong durability. Fenton Made in America beads are designed by lampwork artist Jena Lane Blair. The distinctive handpainted decorations are created by Fenton decorator Truda Mendenhall. Fenton Made in America handcrafted glass beads are compatible with and will fit most major brands of bracelets and necklaces.
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