Tag Archives: ghana

Worktable Previews: Recycled Records

I’ve been having a wonderful time working with (and selling!) some newly designed necklaces with an African theme. People in Nigeria have managed to come up with some of the most ingeniously recycled beads we’re likely to find anywhere. They’re made of old phonograph records–either vulcanite rubber or the more modern vinyl–cut into hundreds or […]

Rosaries that Care: Recycled Glass Beads from Africa

(My thanks to “Rings and Things” for some of the information used in this post.) Africans have been making powdered-glass beads for centuries. It’s only for the past 20 or so years, in Ghana, that the technique has been applied to recycled glass. In 2009, this seems to be the work of many small-scale entrepreneurs […]

Trash to Treasure: The Beauty of Recycled Glass Beads

I love recycled glass beads. The first time I ever saw any was at the local bead store about five years ago–gorgeous, hand-formed rounds of cobalt blue glass, all strung on raffia. I was amazed. There were a few other colors–a pale gray-blue (that I later learned came from old TV screens), a dark olive […]