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The Bead Factory at Odumase - Krobo, Ghana
Photographs by Mr. J. G. Knol of Mampong - Akuapem, Ghana

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The Bead Factory

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Raw materials for the manufacture of the beads are broken glass of different colours

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The brown clay moulds have been freshly made.

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The broken glass is first washed and then crushed in a hollow rock.

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at Odumase-Krobo, Ghana

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They are bought at the market in bags; clay for the moulds; and wood for firing the ovens.

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Before firing, the moulds are coated with Kaolin to harden them and extend their lifetime.

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The crushed glass is poured into the moulds.

After the moulds are removed from the oven
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The craftsman uses a special metal pin to turn the liquid glass around to give it the ball-shape.

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After cooling and washing, the finished product is strung.

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The moulds are placed in the oven. They generally stay in the oven for about 45 minutes.

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The same pin is used to make the hole through the bead before the glass is set.

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Ready for the market!

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Wanda
ABeadC Designs
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(416) 256-7527

Wanda@ABeadC.com

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