Mini Egyptian Faience Beads

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Mini Egyptian Faience Beads

2.50

Faience is the oldest artificial substance, first made in Egypt 5500 years ago,  a precursor to glass in ancient times. Made from quartz frit paste, crushed into a powder, mixed with soda and lime, then fired in round, updraft kilns. The process would be repeated to get an intense blue, then crushed into a fine powder and made into a paste. A roll of the Faience mixture would be placed on a grooved board, a matching corrugated board is pushed down, as this tool is pulled back and forth, spherical beads are formed. The entire process is done by hand, accounting for the individuality of each piece. The beads vary slightly in color, size, shape and surface texture which is part of their allure and charm. The only place traditional Faience Beads are produced today is Qom, Iran making them nearly impossible to obtain. Also known as "Donkey Beads" this stash is from my personal collection, dates from the 1970's. These are Mini size is approximately 3/8" diameter.  "William" the hippopotamus stands in the Met Museum, he along with other ancient Egyptian jewelry and artifacts of this type were made of beautiful Faience paste. Note: The necklace example photo is a simple leather cord using 10 beads with a knot above and below each bead to hold it in place, it would be easy to recreate!

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