These fantastic powder glass beads featuer two colors swirled together, a pale aqua and a medium purple. To make these, two differing colors of powdered glass have to be carefull combined before going into the kiln. 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. They are 22mm in diameter, but as they are hand-made, there is some variation in size and shape. These beads are 75 cents per bead. We wet them down a bit to help show the colors within the beads.