Black Lava Stone Beads: Earthy yet elegant, black lava stone beads are made from basalt, a type of igneous rock formed during volcanic eruptions. Due to their many holes and bubbles, lava stone beads add great texture, but not a lot of weight, to jewelry designs. Lava stone is naturally rough in texture, and our lava stone beads usually appear to have been treated with a paraffin wax to make them smooth to the touch - plain basalt would be rather abrasive!
Lava stone beads are a great base for essential oils, as well as Art Clay Silver paste and other Metal Clay pastes -- just be sure to burn off the waxy coating in a kiln first.
Don't have a kiln? For essential oils, you don't need to remove 100% of the waxy coating: you can burn off some with a torch, or bake the beads in a 250 F oven on a layer of foil for about 20 minutes (remove from the oven and wipe with a paper towel before they completely cool). Please follow all safety precautions when using either method.
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