Unusual Rainbow Crackle Glass Beads - 6mm

Product Code: ga4870

Availability:In stock

Price is per 16-inch string of these beautiful 6mm beads. Colours are blue, orange, violet, green, red, and purple.

Crackle glass has become more popular over the past decade - also known as craquelle glass, overshot glass, and ice glass. Venetian glass makers in the 16th-century are believed to have invented the process, by submersing hot glass into cold water causing fine cracks to form over the surface. The glass is then reheated to smooth the surface and seal the cracks. Crackling does not affect the shape or colour of the piece.


Glass beads are available in a variety of colours like primary colours of red, green, and clear to more sparkling colours of aqua, magenta and rose. Many are multicoloured with a blow effect as can occur on glass vases and beakers. Glass beads, especially when making jewellery items can be mixed with other beads on the thread. The mixture depends on the role of the item. A formal necklace may incorporate a few crystal beads threaded with the glass beads to give an impression of expense and class. However, a more casual look may prefer to incorporate shells or seed beads instead. 

Most glass beads are made out of matt glass, dichroic glass and lamp worked glass. These regular forms of glass beads are relatively cheap to purchase. Glass beads are available from specific suppliers located in shopping malls and internet shops. The beads can usually be purchased individually, however the cost of the beads tends to fall the more beads that are purchased. 

Glass beads can also be found in rare forms of vintage glass. These glass beads are usually from Germany, Japan, Italy and Czechoslovakia. These vintage beads are usually hand made and therefore more expansive and are common purchases for collectors or customers requiring a rare piece of jewellery to be made