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17mm Round (5) - Blue w. Colours - Glass Vintage Replica Trade Beads

$10.00 AUD

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Measurements:  17mm with a 2~3mm threading hole (the holes in these beads seem to be smaller at one end - to be safe, use nothing thicker than a 3mm cord).  Indian manufactured beads can be a bit inconsistent in size, so measurements are approximate.

Quantity per pack:  5 beads - chosen at random (beads may vary from the photos as each bead is individual - photo is a guide only).

Colours:  These beads are on a base of opaque black glass, and slices of decorative canes have been wrapped around the base!  The canes used have so many colours!  I can see purple, red, green, yellow, white, orange, grey, brown and blue - pretty much every colour under the sun! 

Origin:  Hand Made in India - We believe this bead to be a reproduction of a Trade Bead.

There are random patterns all over these ones, swirls, patches, patterns, circles - every bead is absolutely different.  These beads have been made over a central core, with slices of decorative canes over the top and they are then rolled. You can actually see in between where some of the canes haven't joined completely.  I was totally amazed when I looked closely at the detail on these beads.  Traditionally in Africa these beads were made with recycled broken Venetian glass beads.  The patterning swirls around the beads, but each bead is really different to the next.  You can see the joins where some of the glass meets!  

These could be used for multiple crafty ideas including decorating your own table cloth weights because they are quite a large bead.  Or incorporate one or two into an eclectic necklace strand.  Use as a feature bead or beads on a necklace, or one at the front of a bracelet.  Or just keep them as treasures in your stash!  You might even like to put them out in a bowl for a talking point in your home.

Bead Shack made a huge bead haul around 2007, and these beads were quite old before that.  The man we purchased them from used to collect large hauls of beads that became available, so who knows how long ago they were made!  Our best guess would be around 1980s.