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    Smooth Sun Baule Brass Beads (20x12mm)

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    These beautiful brass beads are hand casted in the design of traditional Baule beads from the Ivory Coast. Increasingly difficult to find, Baule (a...

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    Faceted Brass Triangle Heishi Beads (4mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a faceted shape. Each strand is 16" inches long with approximately 250 beads measuring...

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    Silver Bird Baule Bead Pendant (58x52mm)

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    This beautiful silver pendant is hand casted in a traditional design from the Ivory Coast. Increasingly difficult to find, Baule (also known as Bao...

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    Copper Double Heishi Beads (2mm)

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

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    Gold Color Interlocking Crisp Beads (6mm)

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

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    Shiny 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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    Brass Nugget Beads (5x7mm)

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    Add a touch of vibrant shine to your DIY jewelry designs with these great Brass Nugget Beads. Take a closer look and you will notice each individua...

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    Brass Rondelle Ring Beads (5mm)

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    Our Brass Ring Beads are the perfect fit for your creative design projects. A soft golden color ensures that these beads will blend seamlessly into...

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    Brass Rooster Baule Bead Pendant (58x52mm)

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    This stunning Brass Baule Rooster Bead Pendant has been individually crafted in the traditional design of the Baule Sun. Coming to us all the way f...

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    Smooth Shiny Silver Seed Beads (3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic white metal beads measuring 26" in length. Individual beads measure 2x3mm in size, with holes measuring . ...

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    Circular Disk Brass Beads (5mm)

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    These circular brass beads have been fashioned in a design resembling small tablets. Drilled in the transverse direction, they will lie flat when s...

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    Brass Faceted Square Heishi Beads (2.5mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, metal beads measuring 24" in length Individual beads measure 1 x 2.5mm in size, with holes measuring approximatel...

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    Shiny 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 x 4mm in size a...

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    Diamond Cut Faceted Copper Beads (4mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of copper beads fashioned in a faceted shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 150 beads measurin...

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    Gold Crisp Heishi Beads (12mm)

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

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    Gold Round Sphere Beads (6mm)

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    Admire this great strand of artisan gold colored metal beads that have been fashioned into a round shape. Each strand measures in at approximately ...

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    Silver Faceted Rectangle Beads (8x3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic metal beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 3 x 8mm in size, with holes measuring approx...

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    Silver Miniature Padre Beads (6mm)

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    Take a closer look at these lovely strands of silver miniature Padre Beads. Each individually handcrafted bead is approximately 6 x 6.5mm with a ro...

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    Brass Rounded Rectangle Beads (2mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a cube shape. Each strand is 22" inches long with approximately 288 beads measuring ap...

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    Silver Triangular Baule Beads (27x26mm)

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    These beautiful white metal beads are hand casted in the design of traditional Baule beads from the Ivory Coast. Increasingly difficult to find, Ba...

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    Brass Flat Disk Heishi Beads (6mm)

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    Admire these great strands of Flat Brass Disk Heishi Beads. Flat Heishi beads like this are a great option for a spacer or accent bead. These beads...

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    Brass Concentric Flat Diamond Beads (18mm)

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    Take a look at these flat brass beads, styled with concentric lines. Each bead measures approximately 16 x 17-18mm with a hole size of approximatel...

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    Rounded Shiny Silver Cube Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of white metal beads fashioned in a cube shape. Each strand is 24" inches long with approximately 220 beads measur...

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    Brass Patterned Diamond Cut Beads (9mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of brass beads fashioned in a faceted shape. These beads are an unusually large size of our popular diamond cut be...

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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.