Recycled African Glass Beads
These richly colored beads are made using recycled glass bottles that have beed crushed into a powder, or fritt, and fired into a new bead shape.
A cassava stalk is placed in the center of a cylindrical mold and the fritt is packed in around it. As the glass heats and fuses together each bead is shaped by hand using an awl. When fired, the stalks burn away leaving a hole in each bead.
Each bead is then polished using sand and water against a stone. The unique color combinations are achieved by using many different colored bottles.
Each bead is approximately 12-15 mm and each strand is approximately 48 beads.