pqbeads enamel beads & jewelry
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We are a small studio,  located in Pennsylvania, where we design and create enamel beads.  Our beads are made individually, by hand, a few at a time.  
As these beads are made one at a time, there are slight variations in color and size. Typical size is generally about 10 to 14 mm.  We combine them with                                          semi-precious beads; amethyst, garnet, onyx, mother of pearl,  rose quartz, aventurine, carnelian, jade, agate, serpentine, freshwater pearls, and others,                                                                    to make one of a kind jewelry pieces.  Findings are sterling silver or gold-filled, for heirloom quality.  

Our original designs are handcrafted of vitreous (glass) enamels on a metal base, and are fired individually with a torch (or in a kiln) at approximately 1400 degrees.                      Some items require up to ten firings in order to complete the designs.  

Enamels are permanent in color; they will not fade or change in texture with age; only the force of a hard blow can damage the surface.  Even as stone,
however, abrasion can eventually wear away its glossy surface.  Treat your enamels with care, and they can be enjoyed for ages.