Copper & Pastella

La Pastella

In the early 1920s, “perlere” — the girls, there were mostly female, doing the lampwork initially in their kitchen in the area of Canareggio in Venice — were using rame covered by a mixture called “pastella”, which had a sort of clay look. Then, everyone realised that glass beads are shaped on a copper stick. Whilst the oldest technique made of a bar covered by a unique mixture around the metal stick to be sure to centre a hole in the bead’s centre —. This ancient procedure wasn’t easy as the result was mostly irregular giving great trouble to the “impiraperle” — the girls dedicated to creating the final necklace piece. In recent days, the stick is then dissolved in a final process, preserving the beauty of the glass beads and creating more regular and large holes.