These are beautiful icy clear powder glass beads from Ghana, Africa. They are a quite versatile way to add a rustic touch to your jewelry projects. The title "powder glass" is due to the process by which they are made.
They start as
recycled glass which is pulverized into a fine powder. This powder is
sifted into little molds then put into an earthen kiln to fuse the
powder into spheres. Each is carefully removed and a hole is pierced
with a pick by hand. This process gives them their distinctive matte
variations in size and shape. They add a sophisticated, ethnic, chunky
quality to your beadwork. They have holes large enough to permit
thicker cord and hemp. These measure about 13mm in diameter, but there is some variation from bead to bead as they are made by hand. They are 30 cents per bead.