Posted by: waneeho Post Reply
Rosanna Robert Liu wrote about these beads in an early Ornament (or maybe in a late Bead Journal). He called them "painted clay" and said they were thought to come from Morocco. If I remember correctly, the article was actually about powder glass and in particular the powder glass which imitates coral(sometimes known as "African Coral"). This was a number of years ago, but at that time he stated that he thought they were relatively rare. I found my first ones at the funky little place in San Diego known as Folk Art International. I think you visited it once. They are, as you have already seen, fragile and the red paint doesn't adhere very well. I have not seen them more than a couple of times in all my looking.
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