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    Gold Interlocking Crisp Beads (4mm)

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

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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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    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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    Rounded Copper Cube Beads (3mm)

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    We are loving these beautiful strands of high quality antique copper beads. Each artisan strand measures in at about 24" in length. Each bead is ap...

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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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    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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    Mursi-Style Aluminum Cube Beads (6mm)

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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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    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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    Smooth Gold 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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    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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    Smooth Extra Large Gold Heishi Beads (6mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic gold colored brass beads measuring 16" in length. Individual beads measure 1.5 x 6mm in size, with holes m...

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    Tiny Diamond Cut Faceted Gold Color Beads (2mm)

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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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    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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    Midnight Black Brass Prism Heishi Beads (3mm)

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    Beautiful strand of high quality, ethnic black beads measuring 24" in length. Individual beads measure 1-2 x 2-3mm in size, with holes measuring ap...

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    Shiny Silver Faceted Diamond Cut Beads (3mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of diamond cut beads fashioned in a faceted shape. Each strand is 27" inches long with approximately 200 beads mea...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Smooth Brass Bicone Beads (8x7mm)

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    These brass bicone beads are a great addition to any beader's arsenal. Measuring approximately 8 x 7mm with a hole size of 2mm, these beads are ver...

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    Brass Interlocking Snake Beads (4.5mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking brass snake beads are unique to behold. Each bead measures approximate...

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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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    Antiqued Copper Flower Heishi Beads (4mm)

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    Take a look at these handcrafted antique copper metal beads. Each artisan strand measures in at approximately 24" in length. Each bead is about 2 x...

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    Tiny Diamond Cut Faceted Antiqued Brass Beads (2mm)

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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.