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There's a new trend in copper beads that some wholesalers are beginning to carry. These are ceramic beads are kiln-fired, dipped in metal, kiln-fired again, and then dipped in metal once more. This technique gives the fine, highly-carved detail of ceramic beads combined with the sheen of copper. The beads are available in copper or copper patina finishes, and are quite striking. Most dealers refer to these beads as "metalized ceramic," and they also come in other metal finishes. They come in all sizes from seed beads to large, singular beads and findings.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|