13mm Medium Green Powder Glass Beads

13mm Medium Green Powder Glass Beads

Product Details

These lovely powder glass beads are a classic, medium deep bottle green.  They probably started out as bottles before being recycled into these beads.  They come from Ghana, Africa.  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 finish and 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, but there is some variation as each is made by hand.  They are 30 cents per bead.