The Process Of Making Kazuri BeadsJun 18
Kazuri beads are available in a wide range of designs and colors. The beads are made in Kenya. The process in which the beads are created is actually quiet unique. Each bead is handmade; causing their size and shape to differ amongst each other. The variations of sizes, shapes, and colors, only add to the beauty of these alluring beads.
The process of making these beads starts with a little bit of clay. The clay will have to be worked in hand and made into different shapes for beads. Typically, the clay is laid on a rock, where all of the moisture can be squeezed out of it, making it easier to mold the clay into whatever beaded shape is necessary.
Once all of the water has been squeezed out of the clay, then it has to be molded into rounded beads and various other shapes. All of the beads are collected into a small bowl, and left out in the sun to harden and dry. The good thing is because the beads are made in Kenya, it is always hot in the area.
After the Kazuri beads are completely dried, then they can be painted with various designs and colors on their outer surfaces. The painting and design is only limited to the imagination of the workers that are creating them.
After the painting has been completed, the Kazuri beads are then placed inside of a ceramic oven where
the clay is fired. The heating process of the clay helps to increase the durability of the bead and ensure that the product is hard enough to withstand day to day wear. Once removed from the oven, a glaze is applied over the bead.
Kazuri beads do take a long frame of time to make, but that is what makes them so unique. You can easily purchase beads that are made from robots, but having beads that are handmade increases the
value of the product.
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