Just how are glass beads made?
Step 1: Old bottles and glass are sorted by colour
Step 2: Glass is crushed into small fragments and put into a mold*
Step 3: Molds are put into an oven where the glass melts
Step 4: Once melted a long, slender pole is poked into the melted glass to form the hole
Step 5: The beads are left to cool and dry
Step 6: If needed the glass beads are painted bright, vibrant colours
Step 7: Painted beads are heated up in the oven so the paint can settle *the molds are handmade from clay and can be any shape or size. Even though all beads are handmade the production process is very efficient. Thousands of beads can be made a week and are widely available in markets around Ghana.