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    Shiny White Metal Tube Beads (1.5mm)

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Silver Flat Disk Heishi Beads (2mm)

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    These minimal Silver Disk Heishi Beads will make a useful addition to your jewelry design kit. Each bead measures approximately 0.3 x 2mm, with a h...

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    Smooth Copper Rondelle Beads (5mm)

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    These round copper beads are top quality and are great for all of your custom jewelry design projects. These artisan beads can be used as tasteful ...

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    Silver Faceted Diamond Cut Beads (3mm)

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    These diamond cut beads, also commonly referred to as corner less cube beads, measure approximately 3 x 3mm in size, with a hole size of 2mm. Each ...

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    Smooth Silver Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of silver beads fashioned in a heishi shape without any seam. Each strand is about 24" inches long with approximat...

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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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    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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    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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    Copper Tube Beads (1.5mm)

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    These fine quality tube beads are narrow and relatively consistent in shape. Each bead measures approximately 11 x 1.5mm with a hole size of 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Silver Woven Filigree Elbow Bead (59x23mm)

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    Take a closer look at this intricately crafted silver filigree pendant bead. This particular design originates from the Ashanti people of Ghana, We...

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    Shiny Silver Smooth Rondelle Beads (6mm)

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

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    Silver Tube Beads (1.5mm)

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    These fine quality tube beads are narrow and relatively consistent in shape. Each bead measures approximately 11 x 1.5mm with a hole size of approx...

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    Brass Double Heishi 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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    Silver Tiny Oval Beads (2mm)

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

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Ornate and beautiful, African Metal Beads have long been an expressive art medium for indigenous tribes of the Southern and Eastern Capes. Their versatility as both a currency and symbol of status has vastly improved the fortunes of many impoverished regions, and borne an art form that continues to be imparted by ancestors to younger generations. Focal African Copper Beads are thought to be among the earliest formats produced using the “lost wax” method; an ancient Tuareg technique involving the use of hollow wax molds to shape and set molten metal. Ductile and soft, copper is one of the easiest metals to manipulate into elaborate shapes, which is why you'll find the vast majority of Copper Beads here at The Bead Chest are characterised by intricate designs and filigree work. Ethiopian Heishi Beads produced prior to the 1950's also utilised this method, and historians suggest the ancient Tuareg technique may have paved the way for the cage-like Baoule Brass Beads now produced in abundance along the Ivory Coast. Africa's popular White Metal Beads are a more recent innovation. They are commonly produced using recyclable alloys, such as aluminium, sourced from discarded cans and industrial roofing. Metal Beads tend to be far less elaborate in character than their copper counterparts owing to the process by which they are made. Both Tube and Heishi Beads are produced using the “winding” technique – a process whereby the metal is heated until malleable, before winding it around a mandrel and hammering it into shape. This technique allows for greater uniformity when crafting smaller beads, making them ideal for bead-weaving and peyote style projects.