24mm Cobalt Blue Powder Glass Beads

24mm Cobalt Blue Powder Glass Beads

Product Details

These substantial powder glass beads are a deep cobalt blue. They are from Ghana, Africa.  They are amongst our very favorites in our collection.  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 24mm in diameter, but there is some variation in size and shape as each is made by hand.  They are $1 per bead.