Lampworking - Ancient Reproductions.

Glass beads have been made for over 4000 years. I have been focusing on odd and unusual beads or small glass finds from antiquity and early Roman or Iron Age beads. My replicas are as close as possible to the originals as I can make them without having the original bead to examine. Museum photos are my best sources.

If the beads are lopsided and the decoration not "perfect" that is what I will reproduce. The reason for the ""imperfections" in ancient beads often derives from the open fire or furnace heat source, and the difficulty of working at lower temperatures than are available with modern torches and equipment. All of the beads can be made in your personal chose of colors.

Most cultures and time periods has specific preferences on color and design just as we have popular fads in fashion today. If there is a bead that you want reproduced, contact me, provide a photo or description and I will attempt to reproduce it. Keep an eye on this page as my research and skills expand.

I hope to have a "reproduction" section soon for beads made with ancient tools and equipment as opposed to the modern torch methods.

NEWEST Fibula!



Compare our reproduction to the artifact in the British Museum

These fibulas are based on an artifact found in the British Museum.

This fibula design is dated to the the 3rd – 2nd century BCE Roman: “A fibula in the form of a coiled serpent in the middle of which is a large conical bead of opaque dark blue glass; body ends in a double spring from the middle of which rises the pin.”

Each of our fibula are hand wound on brass rod, so no two will be exactly the same, each fibula is a true one-of-a-kind.

Set - $40.00
Single fibula - $20.00
 


Phoenician
'Eye' Beads

Distinctive color of Turquoise and Yellow as well as “eye” design identify these as Iron Age or Phoenician era.

$2.00 each
 
Eye beads are common to every culture and time period

$2.00 each
 


Iron Age
'Eye' Beads

Distinctive color of Turquoise and Yellow as well as “eye” design identify these as Iron Age or Phoenician era.

$2.00 each
 
Melon Beads

Melon shaped beads are common through almost all cultures and time periods.

Small $1.00 each
Medium $2.00 each
Large $3-5.00 each
 
Fake Amber

Amber colored glass was a popular alternative to real amber.

Small $1.00 each
Medium $2.00 each
Large $3-5.00 each

Various shapes – Melon, Spiral, Bicone

 
Based on beads from the Mecklenberg Collection Peabody Museum Harvard.

$2.00 each
 
These blue and yellow beads are replicas of beads found on some Iron Age fibula from the Mecklenberg Collection Peabody Museum.

$1.00 each
 


Anglo Saxon
Based on finds from Wessex Archeology

$2.00 each.
 
Germanic

5th to 8th C.

$2.00 each
 


Frisian
Based on beads found on the “Zweeloo Princess” belt.

5th C .

$2.00 each
 
Based on beads found on the “Zweeloo Princess” belt.

5th C.

Small $2.00 each
Large $4.00 each
 


Iron Age Fibula
Based on Iron Age fibula from the Mecklenberg Collection Peabody Museum.

Set - $30.00
Single fibula - $15.00
 


Spindle Whorls
Large melon beads or Plano Convex beads suitable for using as whorls.

Feathered designs based on Merovingian whorls.

Large $25.00 each
Small - $10.00 each
 


Vessels
Rod formed vessels suitable for Perfume, Ink or spices.

$30-50.00
 


Rosary or Paternoster Rings
Done in Ivory or Amber glass.

Based on Metal versions from the Middle Ages.

$20.00 each
 


Hiberno Norse (Irish Viking)
Based on beads in the Hunterian Museum.

$2.00 each
 
“Dumbell” or Toggle beads.

$10.00 each
 


Viking
Based on beads from Birka.

$2.00 each
 
Sword Beads

Based on descriptions of Amber beads found on sword scabbards of the Saxon and Viking Eras.

$25.00 each
 
Fake Carved Amber Duck

Carved amber figures were extremely popular with the Norse.

$20.00 each
 


Game Pieces

Tafl
Tafl (Viking Chess)

Full Set

Tafl: $75.00

Fichtnel (Irish version): $30.00

Fichtnel
 


Amulets
Byzantine

“Blood drop” Amulet Based on finds from 3rd -5th C.

Originals are in blue or green glass.
(Perfect for the SCA Pelican)

$3.00 each
 
Roman Pendant

Amphora or Pitcher shaped

$12.00 each
  
 
Juglets

$8.00 each
 
Phallic

Roman Fascinium

“Evil Eye amulet”

$12-15.00 each
 


 


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