The Whirly Pop necklace is part of our sweet Candy Collection and it's fun combination of pinks, purples and mixed metals make it wearable in any season. Handmade locally right here in Ft. Worth, TX with crushed glass beads and recycled ammunition sourced from our artisan partners in Ghana and Ethiopia.
Made on an adjustable leather cord, measuring approximately 18" to 36" in length with a 3.5" tassel.
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Crushed Glass Beads: recycled glass in various colors is crushed and pulverized - then poured into a clay mold, using a cassava stem for the bead's hole. The mold is placed in a furnace and heated until the glass particles congeal without actually melting and the stem burns out. The Ghanaians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s.
Recycled Ammunition: bullet casings and mixed metals are recycled and melted down. The mold are carved by hand to fashion each unique bead. Most of our recycled ammunition beads are sourced with our partners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Glass beads: powder glass beads are made by crushing glass to a fine powder and heating it so that the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured into clay molds, with a cassava leaf stem used to make the hole. They are baked in an oven and the glass fuses and the cassava stem burns up. Each bead is unique and fashioned by hand by the Krobo people of Ghana, Africa.