Faux Roman Glass – Part II

November 4, 2015 , In: Glass, Inspiration

Remember back in August when I wrote about trying to replicate Roman glass here?  I showed you photos of the first beads I made, trying to get the colors and finish the same, and also provided a tutorial for what I did.



My next foray into this finish was to make these cut flowers – I really enjoyed making them and you can find them in my SueBeads etsy store if you’re interested.



However, what I wanted to do next was the replicate the beads from a “Cleopatra necklace” that was found in Siberia. These photos are from the Siberian Times 01 February 2013.  I also found out that this would not really be cosidered Roman glass but Egyptian glass, according to the article.

These beads have been dated to 2,400 years ago according to the article. It is surmised that the woman buried belonged to the “Pazyryk people” and was tribeswoman of  Princess Ukok.  It appears they were both buried in the 4th century BC. Scientists are seeking expert confirmation that
the glass neclace is from ancient Egypt ‘but it was surely made by a
craftsmen from the Middle East. Nowhere else in the world had that
technique at the time.’


I used the same technique as in my previous blog post, but wanted to replicate the shininess of the beads.  My thought was to use silver foil, before I put the dots on the bead.  So my steps were, make the base bead of pale aqua glass, wrap in silver foil, burnish and burn off silver foil, add the dot pattern, then dip in baking soda – I did this two times, and while I wanted to get some pitting, was careful in the flame to avoid over-pitting the surface.  Here’s what I came up with!



So, they are not exact in color, I believe I would need to do a custom mix of colors to see if I could come up with the teal, I do think they are pretty darn close!  I’ll probably continue this experiment at some point and I’ll let you know what I come up with!  Thanks for stopping by!

Susan Kennedy



Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
  1. Reply

    Sue, yes, they are close! Great job. Can't wait to see what you do next.

  2. Reply

    Wow! These are sooooo cool. Brilliant work!

  3. Reply

    Great beads Sue..hope you do more 🙂

  4. Reply

    These are wonderful! So pretty. It is a challenge to try to re-create what these old masters have done. Please do keep at it and let us know what happens.

  5. Reply

    Oh I love love love these beads!!!

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