Step 1 - Making the Core Bead
A clear glass bottle is placed under a plastic bag ( for safety ) on the ancient concave grinding stone and broken into small fragments with a round-topped stone.
In the bowls can be seen previously finished spherical core beads of different sizes, awaiting decoration or firing. To the right are new plain coloured beads, awaiting grinding into powder for the different colours of the decorations and a plastic kettle containing
gum arabic diluted with water .. finished beads are shown below left.
The plastic bag is removed and the glass fragments are further ground into a fine powder.
A small amount of the diluted gum arabic is added to the powdered glass and a
spherical core is shaped by rolling a small amount of the paste mixture between the palms of her hands. A hole is then pierced through the core with a wooden 'cocktail stick'.
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