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Checkout this beautiful strand of red straw stack sandcast beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000 years. Pulverized glass of various colors is poured into a clay mold, using a cassava stem for the bead's hole. The mold is placed in a furnace and heated until the glass particles congeal without actually melting and the stem burns out. The Ghananians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s.
|Bead Size||12 x 8mm diameter|
|Number of Beads||42 (approximation)|
My husband (who I'm sharing this one project with!) fell in love with these beads. Once we received them, we were head over heels! Although the photo is perfectly representative, for some reason, holding them in your hands rather than seeing them on a