I think Of beads, I sure do reflect back on some
pictures of Alicia Keys with beads. They are
so creative and they add to the hair or whatever
they are placed on. But let’s see how our Black
African people make these beads the way they are.
Africans making Beads,,,, Uh huh!
Egypt and Bida Nigeria are the only places where
traditional glassmaking occurs in Africa. But
Our Inventive Black African people still make
glass beads. They do so by recycling glass,
crushing it into powder and making beads from
The best type of beads are the
Kiffa beads in the West. The method is 1000 years
The women who make them crush glass
into powder between stones. Plain glass
used for bottles is shapped into a core.
Brightly colored dark glass will be
useful for its decorations.
The core glass is wet with saliva
and built up into a bead shape upon a
thin stick. The inner stick stays in the bead
and the one coming out the bead will burn out
and leave the perforation.
The core is shaped in a shell
or a small clay mold. After the core is shaped,
the other other colors of class are wet and
put on the core with a pin or needle.
Dry powder glass beadmaking occured in Nigeria.
Today most of the beadmaking is done by the Black
African group, the Asante of central and northern
Krobo beads have a yellow foundation
and the bead adjagba is their hallmark. THe stripes
are added by poking a stick down the side of the
mold and filling the hole with darker glass. When
the firing process is in place, the bead is twisted