Cloisonne, Vintage Donut (Bi), Dark Blue with Pink Flowers, 20mm. Sold Individually


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  • These focal beads are priced and sold individually
  • The perforation runs vertically through the bead, I generally put a small (4mm) bead in the center of the donut to hide the cord, but this isn't necessary, especially if you are using a colorful, or invisible stringing material.
  • Though the word is French, cloisonné refers to a form of decorative art usually associated with China or Japan.
  • In cloisonné, copper wire is glued or soldered to a metal surface to create tiny compartments, or cloisons, that are then filled with ground glass blended with metallic oxides to produce colorful enamels then fired. The glass shrinks as it melts so this process has to be repeated several times.
  • After the enameling phase, the copper wires are gilded, and the object is polished until perfectly smooth to the touch.
  • On this website I distinguish between vintage cloisonné which is made as described above and Enamel which is a similar process, but with less detail and fine finishing