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23x12mm Tube Beads (10) - Green w. Copper & Russet - Vintage Clay Beads

$12.00 AUD


These clay beads are very old stock from a warehouse clearance lot, that we scooped up years ago.  You won't find beads in many places that are like these!  Truly unique handmade beads!  These beads were made individually by hand in Ghana, Africa a long time ago.

These tube shaped cylinder beads seem to be made from a white clay, with paint over the outside, but then scraped off into a pattern, so that the white base shows through.   Either that, or the markings are scored in before baking, and the paint has been put over the top.  I've tried to scrape paint off and can't do it easily, so the coating won't flake or peel off, that's for sure.  LOL seeing they are years old I'm sure they would have peeled years ago if they were ever going to!

The bead is green with a slash of dark red on one side and a slash of coppery colour on the other side.  There is a continuous line going right around the bead about a third of the way along, then small circles on the other two thirds.  Very interesting bead!  Each bead weighs about 6 grams, so not too heavy for jewellery and earrings!

Measurements:  Being handmade there is a lot of variation in the sizing and shapes.  We have taken photos in front of a ruler, as well as alone, to try and show the approximate sizing of the beads.  We've named them 23x12mm to give an idea.

Quantity per pack:  10

Due to the huge variation, we won't measure proportions, sizes or hole sizes here.  Please refer to the photos for that kind of information.

These beads are from a collection of bisque fired (no glaze) terracotta/clay/ceramic.  There are a lot of definitions of the way these beads are made, and if you are interested, have a google about them and gather information.  They are amazing beads to find out about!

We can't be certain of their exact information, rather we are giving suggestions of what these beads are, and where they are from, how they are made etc, from information gathered from our general observations over the last many years in the bead trade.

We will attempt to give you beads that all look similar for each pack that you buy.