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The Chevron Gallery

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They're not all Venetian drawn beads...

Chevrons received their English names from the chevron pattern seen on the sides of the beads after they have been ground on the ends.

The earliest chevron imitations were glass but wound, not drawn. Their distribution and lead content led me to believe they are Chinese (Jamey does not concur). A variety has been made over thecenturies.

From Adhyatman and Arifin Beads in Indonesia

An imitation with a thin design. I thought this was made by the Prosser technique (forming powdered glass into molds by pressure). Jamey believes it is porcelain and reports hollow examples.

Donor: Robert Liu

Contemporary American glass beadmakers have tried their hands at chevron making. This one is by Brian Kerkvliet.

Donor: Brian Kerkvliet

The American glass chevron pioneer is Art Seymour. This one has no less than eleven layers. He has made them at least up to fifteen layers.

Donor: Art Seymour

The glass beadmakers of Purdalpur, India have gotten into the act. Their first chevrons (top) were obviously made by the hot-strip mosaic method without molds. They have greatly improved, but are still using the hot-strip method (bottom).
Thanks especially on this one, Jamey.

For more on molded and non-molded chevrons
see here.

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