Archive for January, 2010
Are you looking for beautiful natural stone and clay beads for your designs?
We have a wonderful selection in our store. UniqueAfricanArts.com
We have Carnelian Agate, Bauxite beads, old Mali Clay beads, Spindle Whorl beads, antique Mali stone beads, and ancient Mali African Quartz beads.
These would be perfect to use in bracelets, earrings, or necklaces.
The Carnelian beads are sold in strands of necklaces measuring the length of 22 inches consisting of beads that are 6-10 mm average size.
This is explanation of how Krobo beads are produced.
Krobo beads are produced from powder glass. That is glass that has been crushed to a pulverized state. The materials used for this are old bottles. Some craftsmen purchase bottles and some find old discarded bottles and various scraps of broken glass.
The photo below shows the glass in a pulverized state.
The use of various colors depends on the color of the bottle. For instance, brown bottles are from beer and medicine. Indigo is one of the more rare colors but they are still obtainable. The craftsmen layer the various colors of glass in a disk shaped mold that can be seen below. This mold must first be dipped into a special solution so that the molten glass does not bond to the mold itself. Once the mold has been prepared, it can be filled with various colors of crushed glass.
Once the glass has become red hot it is removed from the kiln and given to an artisan to shape it while still in the mold. Special tools are used to achieve this step of the process. The tool is inserted into the hole of each bead and it is rolled around at t rapid pace while still hot to perfect its shape. This technique has been used for many centuries in Africa. A short video clip of this process can be seen below.
Krobo beads are produced in an environmentally friendly way. Old broken bottles and shards of glass that would normally be discarded have been recycled into beautiful high quality glass beads. The makers of Krobo beads offer a diverse pool of creative designs that can be used to create unique pieces of jewelry.
Sometimes the bead makers get their inspiration from the designs of the antique trade beads that were used as currency during the African trade period. That being said, you can get a similar look and style of the more expensive trade beads at a more cost effective price.
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Beads were and still are very important in African Culture. In many instances they are used in rights of passage ceremonies for young girls entering into woman hood. Beads were also used to denote a persons status and social position in African society. They were also used as currency.
Let us look at the Waist Beads as they are used in Africa. Waist beads have been and still are used throughout the African continent.
Traditionally, waist beads are worn under the clothing of Women in Africa. This practice dates back for centuries. In West Africa women wear them to help formtheir shape. Young girls will have them lengthened as they grow. They are also worn by married women to arouse their husbands during times of intimacy. It is considered a taboo for a woman to let a man other than her husband touch her waist beads.
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Beautiful fancy flowers decorate these Krobo powder glass beads.
You may ask, “What are powder glass beads?” They are recycled glass bottles that have been pulverized into powder and poured into a disk shaped ceramic mold. The next step is to fire them in a mud oven until the powder glass fuses together to form a new bead.
To see this process in motion see the video below.
These beads are mearsure 11×11 mm diameter, 27 inches long necklace.
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These would be ideal for jewelry design. The length of this strand is 24 inches long. The average size of each bead is 5mm.
These are authentic Beautiful fancy Eye West African Trade bead. These beads are made from powder glass. Each Bead was hand made in the Kroboland in Ghana West Africa. These pieces were then hand strung. 100% hand made. These beads mearsure 14×13 mm diameter. 28. inches long necklace.