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    Tiny Silver Rounded Rectangle Beads (2mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of white metal beads fashioned in a rectangle shape. Each strand is 25" inches long with approximately 310 beads m...

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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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    Antique Silver Diamond Cut Cylinder Beads (4x8mm)

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    These faceted cylinder beads have a subdued antique silver finish. Great for designing vintage style jewelry, each 9" strand has approximately 50 b...

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    Silver Flower Heishi Beads (4mm)

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    Admire these artisan white metal silver beads. Each artisan strand measures in at approximately 24" in length. Each bead is about 2.5 x 4mm in size...

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    Gold Interlocking Crisp Beads (6mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of gold color metal beads fashioned in a special heishi shape similar to potato crisps. Each strand is 16" long wi...

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    Antique Silver Interlocking Crisp Beads (10mm)

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    These Silver Interlocking Beads are a must-have for artisan jewelry making! These Beads are molded into a versatile interlocking shape and plated w...

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    Tiny Diamond Cut Faceted Antiqued Brass Beads (2mm)

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

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    Gold Seed Beads (3mm)

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    Try adding these striking African metal gold colored seed beads to your jewelry making kit. Each artisan strand is about 24" in length. Each handcr...

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    Smooth Silver Padre Beads (9mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of antique silver colored white metal beads. These artisan beads are highly versatile and make for great accent pieces i...

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    Pharaonic Silver Scarab Bead (20x14mm)

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

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    Antique Copper Diamond Cut Cylinder Beads (4x8mm)

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    These faceted cylinder beads have a modern and fresh feel. The special antique copper finish nicely reflects various copper tones. Each 9" strand h...

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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 Rounded Rectangle Beads (6x5mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of silver color beads fashioned in a rectangular shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 100 bead...

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    Brass Tiny Faceted Diamond Cut Beads (2mm)

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    Admire these faceted brass beads. These delightful little beads will add a fun touch to your unique creations. Each bead measures 2-2.5mm in size w...

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    Shiny Silver Faceted Rectangle Beads (4x2mm)

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    These chic Silver Rectangular Beads are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any jewelry design. Each bead measures approximately 4 x 2mm with...

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    Silver Faceted Square Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at these stunning silver square heishi beads. These beads make for a great spacer in jewelry designs! Each artisan bead strand measures...

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    Brass Interlocking Crisp Beads (6mm)

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    These excellent Brass Interlocking Crisp Beads will make a great addition to your jewelry making kit. Each strand is about 16" in length. Each bras...

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    Shiny Silver Smooth Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of white metal beads fashioned in a heishi shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 500 beads meas...

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    Gold Bamboo-Shaped Beads (12x5mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a tube shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 50 beads measuring 12 ...

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    Brass Smooth Rondelle Beads (6mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, brass beads measuring 16" in length. Individual beads measure 3x6mm in size, with holes measuring approximately 2...

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    Gold Color Mini-Cube Beads (2mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a cube shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 250 beads measuring 2 ...

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    Shiny Silver Interlocking Crisp Beads (6mm, 16 Inch Strand)

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    Take a look at this great strand of silver color metal beads fashioned in a special heishi shape similar to potato crisps. Each strand is 16 inches...

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    Tiny Diamond Cut Faceted Silver Beads (2mm)

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    Brass Woven Filigree Elbow Bead (59x23mm)

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

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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.