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    Striped Brass Bicone Beads

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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 45 beads measuring 8...

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    Silver Interlocking Crisp Beads (6mm, 24 Inch Strand)

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    Take a look at this great strand of white metal beads fashioned in a special heishi shape similar to potato crisps. Each strand is 25" inches long ...

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    Brass Flat Disk Heishi Beads (10mm)

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

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    Antiqued Brass Faceted Square Heishi Beads (3mm)

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

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    Copper Textured Sphere Hollow Tribal Beads (18mm)

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    Admire this unusual strand of tribal copper beads. Look carefully to see the high quality of the workmanship, smooth finish, and rustic character. ...

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    Smooth Copper Bicone Beads (8x7mm)

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    These copper bicone beads are a great addition to any beader's arsenal. Measuring approximately 8 x 7mm with a hole size of 3mm, these beads are ve...

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    Gold Twisted Nugget Beads

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a nugget shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 75 beads measuring 8...

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    Silver Rounded Rectangular Hollow Tribal Beads (18mm)

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    Admire this unusual strand of tribal silver beads. Look carefully to see the high quality of the workmanship, smooth finish, and rustic character. ...

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    Gold Faceted Diamond Cut Beads (7mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a faceted shape. These beads are a larger size of our popular diamond cut beads. Each ...

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    Traditional Copper Sun Baule Bead Pendant (75x65mm)

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    This beautiful copper 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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    Aluminum Mursi Ring Beads (16mm)

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    These tribal aluminum beads are made in a design traditional to the Mursi people. The Mursi are a pastoralist tribe who live in various parts of Et...

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    Copper Traditional Sun Baule Beads (54x46mm)

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    These beautiful copper beads are hand casted in a traditional design from the Ivory Coast. Increasingly difficult to find, Baule (also known as Bao...

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    Brass Interlocking Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking brass snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 24" in le...

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    Ethiopian Wired Brass Bicone Beads (15mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 15 x 16mm, with a hole size of 4mm. Strands measure 24" in...

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    Antique Brass Round Faceted Beads (5mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, brass beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 4 x 5mm in size, with holes measuring approximately...

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    Copper Mini Baule Charm Beads (Double Strand Necklace)

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    Admire this beautiful double stranded necklace of miniature Baule-style charms. These copper charm beads are great for ethnic jewelry or can be wor...

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    Silver Saucer Beads (4mm, 16 Inch Strand)

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    These silver saucer beads are crafted to perfection. Measuring approximately 4mm in diameter, each of these small beads is fashioned in a compresse...

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    Brass Saucer Beads (5mm, 16 Inch Strand)

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    This beautiful strand of high quality brass saucer beads measures approximately 16" in length. Individual beads measure 2mm wide by 5mm in diameter...

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    Copper Round Faceted Beads (5mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, copper beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 4 x 5mm in size, with holes measuring approximatel...

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    Brass Round Faceted Beads (5mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, brass beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 4 x 5mm in size, with holes measuring approximately...

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    Midnight Brass Diamond Cut Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a cube shape. Each strand is 26" inches long with approximately 200 beads measuring 3 ...

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    Brass Beveled Barrel Beads

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic brass beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 6x5mm in size, with holes measuring . Each s...

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    Ethiopian Silver Saucer Beads (20mm)

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    These great saucer-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 14 x 20mm, with a hole size of 2mm. Strands measure 24" in...

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    Gold Double Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a cylinder shape. Each strand is 26" inches long with approximately 240 beads measurin...

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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.