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    Silver Wide Saucer Beads (4x7mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic white metal beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 4 x 6-7mm in size, with holes measurin...

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    Ethiopian Copper Saucer Beads (8mm)

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    These great saucer-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 6 x 8mm, with a hole size of 2mm. Strands measure 24" inch...

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    Brass Patterned Rice Beads (6x3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a oval shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 100 beads measuring 6 ...

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    Jumbo Silver Mali Bicone Beads (26x20mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 26 x 19-20mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measure 24"...

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    Midnight Brass Diamond Cut Beads (2mm)

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    We are obsessed with these charming Midnight Brass Diamond Cut Beads. Dark Diamond Cut Beads like this can make for an alluring accent piece when u...

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    Silver Mursi Ring Beads (10mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of white metal Mursi rings. Fashioned in a traditional tribal design, each strand is 16" inches long with approxim...

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    Rounded Rectangle Brass Beads (4x3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a rectangle shape. Each strand is 19" inches long with approximately 100 beads measuri...

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    Brass Diamond Cut Beads (5mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a cube shape. Each strand is 20" inches long with approximately 80 beads measuring 5 x...

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    Ethiopian Bezeled Silver Saucer Beads (18mm, 24 Inch Strand)

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    These great silver saucer-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 11-12 x 18mm, with a hole size of 2mm. Strands meas...

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    Silver Round Faceted Beads (5mm)

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

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    Silver Hollow Cornerless Cube Bead (35mm)

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    This beautiful bead is handcrafted in the highest of quality. Made using durable metal, its thick outer layer and hollow center make it a great ce...

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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.