These are nice, chunky, deep aqua, almost teal colored powder glass beads 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 are about 22mm in diameter ,but there is variation in size as each is made by hand. They are 75 cents per bead.