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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads (Long Strand)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa ), resembling old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    White Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Mixed Cylindrical Krobo Beads (Long Strand)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    White Round Sandcast Beads (11mm)

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    These lovely Pale White Sandcast Beads are handmade in Ghana, Africa. Take a close look and you will notice the artisan quality of each and every b...

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    Multicolored African Sandcast Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful multicolored strand of African sandcast beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for ...

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    Plum Purple Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of purple sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist beads. The...

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    Amber Orange Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of orange color sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist bead...

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    Turquoise Blue Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of turquoise color sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist b...

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    Coral Color Sandcast Cylinder Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of African sandcast. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000 years. P...

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    Black Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Tangerine Orange Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    Ghana is known for its history of traditional bead-making. These beautiful powder glass beads are made by Krobo tribe people using centuries-old te...

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    White Kente Krobo Beads (11mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Teal Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    Ghana is known for its history of traditional bead-making. These beautiful powder glass beads are made by Krobo tribe people using centuries-old te...

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    Dark Grey Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Brown Giraffe Krobo Powder Glass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Made from bottles and other glass ite...

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    Autumn Medley Chevron Style Aja Krobo Beads (15mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa), reproducing old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    Vintage-Style White Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of orange color sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist bead...

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    Charcoal Black Sandcast Cylinder Beads

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    Lime Green Sandcast Seed Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of green sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. Beads such as these are often worn as traditional waist beads. The ...

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    Blue Color Sandcast Cylinder Beads

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    Dark Brown Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    White Ghana Mini Disk Sandcast Beads (7mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of white color Ghana glass disk beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for o...

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    Chevron Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa), reproducing old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    Black Mini-Disk Sandcast Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of black color Ghana glass disk beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for o...

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Powder Glass Beads are handmade beads characterized by the use of a specific manufacturing process. Other names for these beads are pot beads sand cast beads and priest’s beads however all of these names are more or less misnomers. The process for making these glass beads is very ancient and may have been practiced in parts of West and East Africa for over one thousand years. In fact, Powder Glass Beads were worn by Asante kings and were considered as a sign of wealth. Today some of these old beads are very valuable. At the present time, Ghana is a major producer of Powder Glass Beads especially in Ashante and Krobo villages. Similarly women in Mauritania near the town of Kiffa are also involved in making Powder Glass Beads. These beads continue to play an important role in tribal society including rituals of birth, coming of age, as well as other ceremonies. Sometimes it is possible to differentiate beads made in different villages based on their design.

The process for making Powder Glass Beads has a number of steps, and is similar to the method for making Ghana's popular recycled glass beads. In the first stage, old glass from different sources such as old medicine bottles, jars, plates, ashtrays, window panes, etc is pounded into a fine powder. Different glass coarseness and origin may be used to produce different effects such as texture. This material is melted and then poured into clay molds depending on the desired design. The stem from the cassava plant may be used to leave a perforation in the bead and is burned off during the firing stage. The molds are then placed into an oven low temperature where the beads are fired for approximately one hour so that the glass pieces fuse together before the beads are removed, cleaned, and sometimes polished. Beads may be further designed by painting after they have cooled. Powder Glass Beads continue to be popular among both collectors and jewelry designers.