Q & A about SRA-ANZ
Who can join
Who can use
the SRA-ANZ logo:
How do you
get the Logo?
How to join
abuse of Logo usage:
This project is still in its infancy, more benefits are planned including advertising of the SRA-ANZ registry project.
SRA-produced ~ vs ~ mass-produced glass art & beads?
Mass produced glass items are often made in countries where the standards for the work environment represent a serious health hazard for the maker, and a wage that keeps the makers in dire poverty.
These items are then shipped to resellers, usually whilst still containing a clay type substance (ie: bead release) which presents the buyer with nuisance dust and an inhalation hazard. This also reflects poorly on finished items made with these beads as the wearer often is left to deal with the dust on skin and clothing.
Mass produced items are inferior in that they are usually not annealed (a process of heating and cooling the glass to strengthen and stabilize it) which means the glass will remain brittle & easily breakable.
Mass produced glass beads are often not properly formed, leaving rough edges around the bead hole - which can cut through your stringing material.
With no personal reputation at stake, there is little incentive for a re-seller to make any effort in quality control of mass-produced beads and other glass art.
Covering Project Expenses.
be aware that you DO NOT have to make a donation to be listed in this