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African Brass Beads are made of various metals by hand.

Brass Beads

Unsure of technique, but I'm thinking maybe they wrap thin wire tightly together to get the main shape, then wrap a larger gauge wire around in a design.

African Beads - Rustic Antique Brass Metal Heishi Spacers (50 beads) African Brass Spacers. $4.25, via Etsy.

African Beads - Rustic Antique Brass Metal Heishi Spacers (50 beads) African Brass Spacers. $4.25, via Etsy.

African Metal Beads with free shipping available!  Shop here: http://www.happymangobeads.com/african_metal_beads.aspx

African Metal Beads with free shipping available! Shop here: http://www.happymangobeads.com/african_metal_beads.aspx

Abeadada¥. Blim-blim (melon) glass beads from Irian Jaya. Old and rare. Trade items from the islands. Beautiful beads.  Don't have these.  :(

Blim-blim (melon) glass beads from Irian Jaya. Trade items from the islands.

Antique Trade Beads Mixed Lot of Vaseline Uranium by eastofoz. Photo under normal light.

Antique Trade Beads Mixed Lot of Vaseline Uranium by eastofoz. Photo under normal light.

Multi-Strand Bone, Pearl and Silver Winter White Beaded Bracelet | XO Gallery

Multi-Strand Bone, Pearl & Silver Winter White Boho Statement Bracelet

6 ANTIQUE BRONCE BEADS. Tafilalt, MOROCCO. Unusual!  Very weared antique bronce beads.

Sterling Silver Quartz Pear Dangle Earrings

6 ANTIQUE BRONCE BEADS. Tafilalt, MOROCCO. Unusual! Very weared antique bronce beads.

Glass lampwork beads Antiquities Pastry Plum by radiantmind, $12.00

Amathyst stone like glass lampwork beads

Baluchi beads

These old beads be worn in the hair. I think the bead on the top left is still pretty new!