The spotlight this week is on powdered glass beads, or what is often referred to as Krobo beads. Sourced from Ghana and named after the Krobo people with whom the traditional manufacture and cultural use of these beads is associated they are beautiful to look at. Krobo beads are made from powdered glass that is collected from recycled bottles. The glass is sorted by colour and they crushed, and ground with a mortar and pestle to make the fine glass powder. After sieving the glass powder it is put into clay moulds, often leaving a cassava stick in each bead to make the hole in the where the thread will eventually go. The moulds are then placed in a furnace. The temperature of the furnace is an important factor. At a higher temperature the glass turns clear, at a lower temperature it remains translucent.
We have chosen to mount the bead strands onto custom-made stands for display purposes. They look lovely on a shelf or mantelpiece. The large bead strands can be very heavy and are easier to look at than to wear!
Some fun facts:
- Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder are 2 famous artists of Ghanaian heritage.
- Ghana is 2nd largest producer of cocoa beans in world
- Home to world’s largest man-made lake, Lake Volta. Can be seen from space and spans 320 miles
And a last bit of fun trivia: