These great beads are made by the Krobo People of Ghana, Africa. Powder glass beads are made by crushing glass to a fine powder and heating it so that the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured into clay molds, with a cassava leaf stem used to make the hole. They are baked in an oven and the glass fuses and the cassava stem burns up. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries. The size is approximately 10-11mm in diameter and there is approx. 50-52 beads per strand. Shade of red may vary slightly from photo. Some strands may not have raffia.
I really like them! It was my first time so I believe I ordered a little too small, next time I won't be so afraid and will order a bigger size. I was amazed at how quickly they arrived, perfectly packed and protected. Very pretty, I will order again for sure!
These beads are really lovely. I might not be as good as I should be about rating all the beads I receive from you, but you really should know that I love each order that I get from you. thank you for having such a wide selection and choices; unmatched by most other companies.