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Cobalt African Glass Bead Bracelet

This particular piece is handmade of Cobalt blue African beads from Ghana. The Krobo tribe uses a centuries old method which involves crushing recycled glass bottles with a pestle and mortar. The fragments are sieved then poured into clay molds lined with a mixture of kaolin and water to harden it and prevent the molten glass from sticking to it. The kiln in which they are fired is made from termite mound clay and is heated using firewood and crushed palm kernels, which burns at a very high temperature.  The hole for the bead is made either using a cassava stem that burns up during firing and leaves a hole, or by using a small metal tool. Once the fused glass cools, the beads are washed using sand and water.
Carefully woven between strands of Hemp with a knot sliding adjustment.

$40.00

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