Jade Beads – Cassiar

The green beads are a beautiful Jade from the Cassiar mine in Canada. The little black beads are from the Cowell mine in Australia.

The beads are all hand shaped. This means I shape and them individually on a flat grinding wheel. I don’t use spherical grinding wheels or a bead mill.

Hand shaping means I can make the beads different widths and also taper them in size from the front to the back.

I made the silver clasp by hand.

You can see some of the process below. I first cut the jade into squares. I then drill all the holes and turn the squares into cylinders. The next step is rounding both ends before beginning the cleaning and polishing steps. After this I measure each bead and the string them up to taper from the largest at the front till the smallest at the back.