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    Kenya Brass Heishi Beads

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    Take a look at this strand of Kenya Brass Heishi beads from Africa. The strand is 13"-15" long, with beads measuring 1 mm in length and 3-4mm in d...

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    Antiqued Brass Bell Beads (Set of 20)

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    These cute metal bells are great for DIY jewelry and crafts alike. Measuring approximately 11 x 11mm in size, you will receive 20 bells per purchas...

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    Brass Donut Beads (10mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a ring shape. Each strand is 10" inches long with beads measuring 2 x 10mm. These grea...

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    Brass-Style Ghana Glass Seed Beads

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    Beautiful strand of brass glass seed beads from Ghana, strung on a traditional raffia string. Each bead measures approximately 3-4 x 4mm with stran...

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    Brass Tube Beads (1.5mm)

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    These fine quality brass tube beads are narrow and relatively consistent in shape. Each bead measures approximately 10-11mm wide by 1.5mm diameter....

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    Smooth Extra Large Brass Heishi Beads (6mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic brass beads measuring 16" in length. Individual beads measure 1.5 x 6mm in size, with holes measuring 2mm....

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    Smooth Antiqued Brass Bicone Beads (4.5mm, 16 Inch Strand)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a bicone shape. Each strand is 16" inches long with approximately 95 beads measuring 4...

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    Traditional Brass Sun Baule Bead Pendant (75x65mm)

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    This beautiful brass bead is hand casted in the design of the traditional "Baule sun" from the Ivory Coast. Increasingly difficult to find, Baule (...

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    Gold Patterned Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of gold beads fashioned in a heishi shape. Each strand is 26" inches long with approximately 340 beads measuring 2...

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    Round Brass Ethiopian Beads (6-7mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian Brass Round Beads from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long approx. 30", with b...

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    Ethiopian Brass Bicone Beads (8x7mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian Brass Bicone from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long 30", with beads measur...

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    Brass Flat Disk Heishi Beads (2mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a special heishi shape. Each bead measures approximately 0.3 x 2mm, with a hole size o...

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    Brass Ethiopian Tube Beads (7x3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of brass tube beads from Ethiopia!. Beads are 6-8mm long with a diameter of 3mm. This extra long strand measures approximately 32...

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    Round Brass Artisanal Berber Bead (22mm)

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    This artisanal Moroccan bead was handcrafted by Berber artisans west of the Atlas mountains. Pay attention to the elegant pattern on the bead's out...

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    Round Brass Ethiopian Beads (8mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian Brass Round Bicone from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long approx. 28", wi...

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    Gold Flat Disk Heishi Beads (6mm)

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    Brighten up your designs with these great Gold Disk Heishi Beads. The flat shape of these beads makes them highly versatile and they may be used as...

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    Diamond Cut Faceted Gold Color Beads (3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of faceted gold beads. These beads have been fashioned to resemble a diamond cut. They will add a glamorous touch to your beaded j...

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    Brass Tiny Oval Beads (2mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic brass beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 2 x 2mm in size, with holes measuring approx...

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    Matte Rounded Brass Cube Beads (3mm)

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    These great brass cube beads measures approximately 3 x 3mm, with a hole size of approximately 1mm. You will receive one strand measuring approxima...

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    Pharaonic Brass Scarab Bead (20x14mm)

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    Take a look at this brass scarab bead. Scarabs are considered sacred in ancient Egyptian culture. If you look carefully you will see this piece was...

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    Smooth Brass Seed Beads (3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic brass beads measuring 25" in length. Individual beads measure 2x3mm in size, with holes measuring. Each st...

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    Bicone Brass Filigree Bead (26x14mm)

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    Admire these exceptional brass beads made in a design that originates from the Ashanti people of Ghana, West Africa. The Ashanti are the largest t...

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    Brass Flat Disk Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a moment to admire these chic brass disk heishi beads. The flat shape of these heishi beads makes them a fun and handy bead to use when creati...

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    Smooth Antiqued Brass Heishi Beads (5mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a heishi shape. Each strand is 16 inches long with approximately 240 beads measuring 1...

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Known for their rustic appearance and tribal look, African brass beads are second only to recycled glass as Africa's most popular bead exports. For centuries, these hand-crafted beads doubled as a primitive form of currency in parts of Ethiopia and Ghana – ironically the two countries where this ancient art-form is seeing a widespread revival. Brass Beads continue to serve as a symbol of status in some parts of east Africa. Many antique brass beads from Africa were handmade using the “lost wax” process adopted by native craftsmen – a largely unevolved technique whereby molten metal is poured into a hardened, handmade wax cast and allowed to set. The metal adheres to the various whorls and strips of wax, which in turn begins to melt away as intense heat emanates from the ore. As it cools, the molten brass hardens, taking on the very same characteristics as the wax mold - usually a cross-hatched, ringed or woven design to support the bead's hollow structure. Ashanti Brass Beads produced by Ghanaian tribespeople are by far the most elaborate in comparison to the efforts of Ethiopia's Borana tribe. Kenya is also known for its solid brass beads which are now highly sought after in the West. Their smooth finish, coupled with their likeness to natural heishi beads makes Kenyan brass beads a versatile choice for contemporary stringing projects and brass jewelry. At The Bead Chest, we are proud to carry one of the largest selections of African brass beads, antique brass, and ethnic & tribal brass beads on the web.