Uses exclusively or mostly soft glass, such as Bullseye and Moretti.
Glass eye maker is Hans Greiner-Lai (in Lauscha). Beadmakers includes a factory in Jablonec and artist Helga Seimel. At the end there is a brief discussion of "Torch and Body Position", which is of interest for the ergonomics.
Commercially distributed. Distributor also offers PAL/VHS format for Europe.
"Beadmaking in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and West Germany, before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Includes making of glass tubing and rods (both hollow and solid) for beadmaking, glass eyes being made at the torch, cottage workshops making pressed glass beads, and a factory making wound beads." Includes the use of bead tongs for pressing glass beads and buttons.
Shari Hopper filmed beadmakers in Lauscha and Kaufbeuren, Germany, as well as Jablonec, Czech Republic from 1988-1993. Equipment includes multiple curved nozzles, electric motorized machine which was hand operated with attached shoot, single-bead hand presses.
Reviewed by Ruthmarie Hofmann in The Bead Bugle, http://www.nfobase.com/html/bohemian_beadmaking.htm, Feb. 12, 2001.
Reviewed by Helen R. Hosmer, Glass Line, Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001, p. 11+.