Vintage Austrian Crystal, 35mm Rose AB Snowflake Suncatcher
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Item # AR35-8811-14495
A light pastel rose snowflake is delectable with an AB backing and a 6.5 in. glass and crystal bead hanger. Hang in any sunny spot for a pretty rainbow display!
We hand-string our exclusive, Crystal Realm beaded hangers, in a variety of beading patterns using exquisite Austrian crystal beads and either long glass bugle beads, shown, or seed beads. Please choose the main color you want, and we will choose a beaded strand that complements your crystal beautifully.
Crystal size: 35mm or about 1.38″ or just over 1-1/3″.
Please note, the distance between two long lines on our scale represents 5mm (6.4mm = .25 in.).
We make our beaded hangers in Alameda, New Mexico, U.S. and then attach the vintage Austrian crystal 35mm snowflake to the beaded hanger. Allow five working days for your crystal suncatcher to ship.
What is AB – otherwise known as an Aurora Borealis coating – on a crystal prism?
Austrian crystals, made by Swarovski, are colored in various ways, using different metal oxides. A crystal that is perfectly clear but colored has metal oxides mixed in with the lead and silica when the crystal is created. Examples of metal oxides are gold for red, cobalt for blue, or nickel for light green, violet, or blue. Our sapphire or red hearts or stars are examples.
Very often, a clear or colored crystal is further treated by adding a subtle, extremely fine, colored coating to the crystal. This results from a vacuum process in which the metal oxides are applied to a surface of the crystal, usually the back, or in the case of round prisms, on one portion of them.
A lightly, pastel-colored coating is known as Aurora Borealis, or AB for short. The result is a gorgeous crystal with extra color, sparkle and shine.
In suncatchers, colored crystals will give the same rainbow display that clear crystals give when in the direct sun. Add the AB coating to a clear or colored crystal and the color display will be even more riotous: rainbows and solid swatches of mauve, aqua, orange.