Ancient Roman Glass Shards, 3 sets drilled for pendants, from ancient Hebron Roman glass factories, (gs12811)

$45.00 $60.00



2000 year old blue green iridescence Roman glass fragments with a hole drilled for pendants. See my last picture of one of our pendants we have done using this type of glass. It's really hard to show the beautiful colors and iridescence this glass shows. My price is for all 3 sets.

I have shaped this glass and pre-drilled a hole to make it easier for you to finish them for pendants by connecting the pieces together. The top part of the pendant is glass that was probably from a rim of a bottle, the hole in the top goes all the way through horizontally. See my last picture of a pendant I created using pieces of glass similar to these.

An 18 mm dime in my pictures and the 10 mm squares helps to show the size of glass. You get what's in the pictures. 3 sets for 1 price.

Beautiful pieces of glass altered by 2000 years in Israeli desert sand. Maybe original parts of a perfume vial (for Cleopatra maybe) or a thin bottle that didn't make it to the final shape and was discarded outside the glass factory. My photos can't bring out the real beauty of this glass.

Hebron is the site of the oldest Jewish community in the world, which dates back to Biblical times. Hebron glass refers to glass produced in Hebron as part of a flourishing art industry established in the city during Roman rule in Palestine. For centuries, Hebron has been associated with glass production in the same way as Nablus has been associated with the production of soap. Hebron's Old City still contains a section named the "Glass-Blower Quarter" and Hebron glass continues to serve as a tourist attraction for the city. Glass fragments are found at the sites of many Roman factories flourishing 2000 years ago.

Traditionally, the glass was melt down using local raw materials, including sand from neighboring villages, sodium carbonate (from the Dead Sea), and coloring additives such as iron oxide and copper oxide. Glass production in Hebron is a family trade, the secrets of which have been preserved and passed down by a few Palestinian families who operate the glass factories located just outside the city.

My roman glass fragments were purchased direct from an Israeli Roman artifacts dealer. The glass is over 2000 years old and found near ancient glass factories. I cleaned off layers of dirt and then protected the glass with an acrylic conformal coating that gives the glass a transparent protective barrier keeping the iridescence from being rubbed or washed off

Like other fine jewels, ancient Roman Glass should be treated with care to preserve its natural beauty. Avoid exposing my Roman Glass to chemicals. Do not spray perfume on them, alcohol can remove the protective coating or it could make them tacky until they dry. Water will not have adverse affect on the glass, just blot it dry if they get wet.

If you need to make the hole bigger and you don't know how, this is the way I do it.

Drilling your glass

This is how I did my drilling. There was a lot of experimenting and I found if you drill to fast and put pressure on the drill you may break the thin glass, so easy does it.

You will need a battery operated Dremel, a small pin vise (sold where you buy your Dremel) to hold the smallest drill bits for drilling glass that you can find. You will want to start with the smallest drill bit (1/2-3/4 mm) for the first hole and work up to the drill size that will produce the hole you need. Sometimes it takes 3 different drill bit sizes.

Hold the glass under water and use the Dremel on the slowest speed, my Dremel only has 2 speeds, slow and fast. The first hole is the hardest because the drill bit wants to move on the glass, it takes a steady hand and slow speed. I also use a Pyrex plate to drill in, just a small amount of water is all that is needed. Most times you have to hold the glass in your hands so be careful you don't drill a hole in your fingers.

I use a full spectrum 45 w light bulb - photography photo CFL 5500K. It's a daylight balanced pure white light.

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