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Old 2012-07-01, 2:54am
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Default Matte glass rods

Has anyone heard of matte glass rods?

My mum just came back from murano with a gorgeous glass bead necklace for me, made from what she says is matte glass... I thought that they must have been etched but she said that they showed her the rods.

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Old 2012-07-01, 3:33am
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Umm... Some glass rods are not as shiny in their rod form, but go shiny when melted. You would have to etch them to have them frosted again (or sandblasted). Unless I'm missing something?
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Old 2012-07-01, 3:36am
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Maybe opalino or something similar, the very nature of glass means that its shiny when melted
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Old 2012-07-04, 9:11am
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I have a rod of blue that has a very matte finish but have never melted it. It's different than etched, although I thought maybe it was initially. It's a cool rod, thus never melted. I think I got it at a flea market from someone who had vintage glass she knew not much about. I think her mother collected it. She was supposed to contact me about more but never did.
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Old 2012-07-04, 2:43pm
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it isn't a pretty pink one, is it?? Like Sedona or EDP? I love the way those devit in the flame, which you can contrast with shards/murrini for a great finish!
The devit bits, if I'm lucky look like lovely satin/matte.
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Old 2012-07-06, 2:30pm
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Yeah even if you etched a rod and melted it, it would be shiny, unless it's some magic glass we don't know about yet.
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Old 2012-07-06, 2:33pm
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I just melted an etched bead. They turn shiny. There is no such thing as a glass that is matte, only etched glass or sand blasted glass or tumbled glass can be matte.
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Old 2012-07-06, 6:33pm
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It's called 'merchandising'

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Old 2012-07-08, 3:57pm
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Hi again,
this is what I thought. I snapped a couple of pics to show anyway:



Apparently they did show my mum the matte glass rods, but she is pretty uneducated about the whole "glass" thing... I might have to show her my glass rods and see if she can identify anything similar.

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I think the links to the pics aren't working. I'm really curious to see them.

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this is what I thought. I snapped a couple of pics to show anyway:



Apparently they did show my mum the matte glass rods, but she is pretty uneducated about the whole "glass" thing... I might have to show her my glass rods and see if she can identify anything similar.
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I'd like to see them, too
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Some glass colors are shinier than others; think of ivory vs white. I would think there could be some addition to glass that would make it dull.
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I was thinking that maybe they etched the rods to match the matte jewelry to show to (tourists) customers.
That's my Occam's razor for tonight. lol
I would like to see your necklace too. It sounds pretty.
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Old 2012-07-11, 12:51am
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Some of my customers refer to pastel colored beads ( non see through) as matte. Maybe that's the case?
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Old 2012-07-11, 3:18am
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That's weird... The pics show up on my screen... Here is a link to the album:
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Old 2012-07-11, 6:39am
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I love that necklace. It looks like the beads are etched.
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Denielle, I was just thinking the complete opposite, that they don't actually look etched to me. I'd love to see them in person. They're gorgeous!
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Maybe tumbled and polished? I got to see them with that link, too
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Old 2012-07-13, 8:33am
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they look very much like poly clay beads I wonder if they were tumbled/etched and then polished with a dab of wax/oil/polish/etc
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Old 2012-07-13, 5:56pm
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I like the reaction they're getting with that blue, what the hell is that??
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I can't tell, the do look like tumbled glass though.
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I have emailed the people in Murano to ask... Im so curious about this. Will keep you all posted!
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Oh good! Because it is confusing, they're not shiny yet they don't look etched..sort of.
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They are glass, right? Heavy, like glass? I think the necklace is really pretty. What a neet thing that would be to have glass that is matte and makes matte beads. Sounds like an impossible dream, lol!
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I like the reaction they're getting with that blue, what the hell is that??
Don't think it's a reaction as much as the use of multistriped ribbon cane/striped stringer.

Any idea how old these beads are?
I wonder if they have just had so much skin contact that they accumulated oils over time?
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strange....iv'e got a couple rods of Lauscha supernova that are matte on one one side of the rod....looks etched or sandblasted. havne't melted it yet.
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Jaci- they are brand new! I've only worn them once since mum gave them to me.
Patti- they are definitely glass...

Haven't heard back from murano yet... Will post what ever they tell me when I do hear back!
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I think Robert is correct....I go with him. And.....they do LOOK like clay beads from the photo.


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Don't think it's a reaction as much as the use of multistriped ribbon cane/striped stringer.
Hmm, don't think so, they're quickly made beads, you would ave to place te stringer too carefully
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Hmm, don't think so, they're quickly made beads, you would ave to place te stringer too carefully
I'm with Jaci on this; I think it must be a narrow ribbon cane laid down without any twisting or pulling so it doesn't deform.
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