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Krobo Beads Recycled Glass Rings Ghana Africa

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Title Krobo Beads Recycled Glass Rings Ghana Africa
Other Names Annular
Type of Object Powder glass
Made In Ghana
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Very good
Bead Size 11-12 mm diameter. 1-3mm hole. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).
Strand Length 18 inches (including string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded
Style Statement
Type Necklace

Picture is an example, yours will be similar.

Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.

In Ghana, Krobo artisans grind recycled glass (from old bottles, jars) to a fine powder. The powder is formed in a kaolin-covered clay mold which uses a cassava leaf stem to make the center hole. The beads are then fired in an oven and as the glass hardens, the cassava leaf burns up. After they’re cooled, the beads are often decorated with dyes or paints before being washed, then strung thru the void left by the burned cassava.