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Bead Making In Ghana


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Shows the production process of glass beads step by step.

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Bead Making In Ghana

  1. 1. By Tanja Galetti May 2010 Bead Making
  2. 2. <ul><li>Did you ever wonder where the beautiful beads for these bracelets and necklaces come from? </li></ul>Bead Making
  3. 3. Bead Making <ul><li>Glass beads have been produced in Ghana for a very long time. </li></ul><ul><li>Today we are visiting a Ghanaian bead producer on the outskirts of Accra. </li></ul>
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  5. 5. Bead Making <ul><li>The bottles are broken and then crushed into small pieces of glass. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bead Making <ul><li>The small pieces of glass are put into clay moulds. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many different shapes and sizes of moulds, depending on the bead you want to make. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bead Making <ul><li>The moulds are carefully placed into the kiln. </li></ul><ul><li>Under the heat, the glass begins to melt. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bead Making <ul><li>The moulds are carefully removed from the kiln. </li></ul><ul><li>The beads are allowed to cool down for a little while. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bead Making <ul><li>With special tools, the beads are shaped until they are round. </li></ul><ul><li>The beads are allowed to cool down completely. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bead Making <ul><li>The beads are placed on a grinding stone. </li></ul><ul><li>Water and sand is added. </li></ul><ul><li>The beads are polished. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Bead Making <ul><li>The beads are strung on thread. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Bead Making <ul><li>The beads are ready to go in to the shop for display or to be delivered to customers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Bead Making <ul><li>Powder glass beads: </li></ul><ul><li>The glass is pulverized before being filled into the moulds. After the cooling process, the beads are hand-painted with ceramic dye and then put into the kiln a second time. </li></ul>
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  15. 15. <ul><li>To Mrs. Florence Martey Asare for allowing me to take photos of the production process on her premises. </li></ul><ul><li>You can contact Mrs. Asare through [email_address] </li></ul>Bead Making