Brown Ashanti Glass Disk 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. Each bead measures approximately 6 x 19-20mm with a hole size of approximately 3-4mm.